Today is Mother's Day, a time for us to say 'thank you' to our mums for their unconditional love. We often don't appreciate our mothers for all they do - now is the chance to show that you care and build a more open and supportive bond. SYP wishes all mums a wonderful Mother's Day. Open communication is something the Lau family takes seriously, and not just on Mother's Day. They have a hi-tech system of communication, which is ideal for discussing delicate issues. 'We have three computers at home so that my mum, brother and I can chat over ICQ, especially on topics we feel embarrassed to talk about verbally. Sometimes, it avoids rows too,' said Patrick Lau, 14, from Kowloon Tong School. But on this special day, the Laus will talk face-to-face. Like many traditional Chinese families, they will celebrate Mother's Day in a Chinese restaurant. 'All the mums in the Lau family, including my mother-in-law, and the kids gather for a big dinner,' said Lau Po-yee, Patrick's mum. To make her feel even more special, Patrick usually buys his mum a small cake or flowers on Mother's Day. The Gould family will spend today on their yacht and then watch old family movies together. 'My mother and I usually make breakfast together on Sundays. But I'll probably make it for her on Mother's Day,' said Liat Gould, 16, an Island School student. For them, Mother's Day is like any other day because they're a close family. 'We acknowledge it by staying together,' said Liat's mother, Jackie. She says openness and honesty are the keys of a good relationship. 'We talk a lot, about anything from make-up to all the ups and downs of being a teenager. But it works both ways. When something upsets me, I'll talk to Liat and my mother. My mother Louise has always been my best friend.' Grandma Louise Berwald believes being a good listener is critical to being a good friend. 'We talk on the phone from Hong Kong to London three or four times a week just to keep in touch. My daughter and grandchildren will phone me to ask about how to cook such and such. Sometimes we discuss the books we are reading,' she said. The Tam family will go hiking today. Although they eat out most Sundays, they decided to have dinner at home tonight to avoid the crowds. 'Most restaurants have special menus today. I see no point in joining this commercial festival. We treasure our relationship every day,' said Helen Tam. She makes sure she spends quality time with her children. 'Sometimes we share our feelings while hiking or eating snacks together. We enjoy sharing light-hearted jokes too.' Her 15-year-old son, Brian, a student at the Chinese International School, agrees that communication is important. 'Don't try to hide anything from your parents or anyone you want to build a relationship with. Everything from school, I bring back home,' he said. Mother's Day is an important day for 14-year-old Tsao Chun-see, a student at the Chinese International School. 'It's an opportunity for us to share our feelings and express our love to each other,' said Chun-see. He made a bracelet for his mother when he was nine and wrote a poem for her another year. This year, he is keeping his gift a secret. 'I'm impressed that he always does something from his heart. One year, he and his sister made breakfast for me. Although the kitchen ended up very messy, it was sweet,' said Chun-see's mum Jenny Tsao, a part-time research assistant. Mother and son share a love of badminton and believe having a common hobby is important to building a good relationship. 'When we play badminton, we talk about strategies to beat our opponents. Through this, we get to know how each other thinks,' said Jenny. Now, she is learning to play guzheng and Chun-see is learning the clarinet. One day, they hope to jam together.