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Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day, she became resentful of the commercialization of the holiday.By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards.Jarvis protested at a candy makers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923, and at a meeting of American War Mothers in 1925.By this time, carnations had become associated with Mother's Day, and the selling of carnations by the American War Mothers to raise money angered Jarvis, who was arrested for disturbing the peace.She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers.

In Armenia, Mother's Day is celebrated on 8 March, and on 7 April as Maternity and Beauty Day.St Andrew's Methodist Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine.Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.the first being West Virginia, Jarvis' home state, in 1910.In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

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