It can be said that a mother’s role is the most important role in a child’s life. We learn everything from our mothers, and how our mothers interacted with us in our early years actually has a huge impact on us as adults. A mother may only be one person, but she plays multiple roles in a young child’s life.
Below are the important roles a mother fulfills as they care for their infant.
Countless research shows that the best thing that you can give to your baby before they can take any solid food is breast milk. Not only does it contain all the nutrients your baby needs, breast milk also has antibodies that help your baby’s immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. Breastfed babies are naturally healthier growing up and are even less prone to develop illnesses as adults, compared to babies who were fed formulas during their early years. Not only is it more nutritious for your baby, the act of breastfeeding also strengthens the bond between you and your child.
Although fathers are often seen as providers, mothers are now playing a role in giving their child all that they need to survive. Households where both parents work have become more common over the years. A mother’s role now extends outside the home. She doesn’t only stay in the house and watch over the kids, she also has a career to take care of. She now actively contributes to providing for the needs and comfort of the child.
According to the attachment theory, how we form attachments develops through our interaction with our primary caregiver, which is often our mother. How the caregiver responds to an infant, particularly during situations of distress, forms the foundation of what type of attachments patterns we have as adults. These patterns go on to guide the child’s feelings, thoughts, and expectations in adult relationships.
Our mother is our first teacher. It’s only natural that mothers play a vital role in teaching their young child basic skills, as well as in developing their self-regulation, since they usually spend the most time with the baby. Mothers can even help their infant adjust their wake and sleep patterns since babies can’t naturally regulate this themselves. A mother’s role as a teacher is often tested as their patience and tolerance is oftentimes stretched to the limit, but perseverance and love helps them go through any challenge.
What other roles has your mother played in your life? What roles do you, as a mother, find yourself playing? Leave a comment below. Read my book, Train Up A Child, which offers a new perspective on how to raise a child into a mature adult. Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and Goodreads for more updates.
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