"My mother cooks well."
A bit more colour to this ... and an exception to the no article for close family members rule. I've encountered this sentence in the "Mark all correct answers" format. And one of the answers that they say is a correct one is "La mia mamma cucina bene". It looks as if mamma and papà can accept the article http://blogs.transparent.com/italian/mia-mamma-o-la-mia-mamma/