Quote Originally Posted by Graycat View Post
I use a glass one now, cause it looks cool (I'm weird like that). I used to have a couple of different sized plastic boards that I used almost daily for 10+ years and I'm still around to tell you about it.

p.s. and I totally cut and chop food in the air sometimes.
glass is utter hell on knives, but most people don't have very sharp knives at home anyway.

wood cutting boards will be destroyed if put in the dishwasher. they cannot withstand the detergent nor the force of the super hot water. wipe clean with a damp cloth and rub with mineral oil every now and again and they last forever.

i have butcher block counters that i LOVE and look great. no cutting boards needed.

to the op, the idea is generous, but changing your mom's habits may prove a challenge.