You are doing great!! It's a new skill
Your knitting is different from your moms cuz you are a different person. Keep practicing and the tension of your stitches will become more even.
I knitted lots and lots of little squares 20 stitches by 20 rows, when I began knitting many moons ago
This helped me see what happens when I did different things.
I wrap the yarn over the index finger,under the two middle fingers and around the pinky. I use this to tension my stitches. How do you hold your yarn/ needles. Are you a lefty or righty??