Gel nails mess up your nails. I would totally stay away from these. The best nail look for a mom is super short, slightly rounded square shape and polished a light shade that will not show chips. This is super easy to maintain and looks classier and more polished than many gel manis do. It is also more hygenic.
Long nails are way out so don't even worry about acrylic. Nail art is in right now but not really practical for a mom and IMO a little young and even a bit cheesy..
Make sure to keep your cuticles nice with oil every night-this goes a long way to making nails look good.
FYI- I just read that Zoya is the safest polish. The article looked at many brands who say they are now safe and Zoya is the only one that consistently really was.