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Why Motherhood is powerful

Nimali Buthpitiya

 Importance of motherhood does not need to be re-emphasized.  It is her special nature and role as a mother that makes motherhood so valued and honored. Becoming a mother can transform a woman into a completely different person and therefore this special nature and role as a mother begin to develop within her. While it is an opportunity in life for a woman to transform herself into another best version of herself as a mom, it is also one of the best opportunities a woman could receive in life to greatly contribute to the development of another beautiful soul into this world.

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Development and growth of a child is significantly supported and influenced by a mother.   Her role in child’s life is indispensable when promoting a healthy development. All mothers naturally begin to do things for their child’s well-being even before they come into this world. This sacrificial yet satisfying role is not without challenges. Therefore, as mothers, having a thorough understanding about their role as well as responsibilities can make it easier for them to face such challenges and support a healthy development in their child. 
Roles and responsibilities discussed in this article aim to provide a better understanding about how important and influential motherhood is….

Mother is the first to develop a bond with the child

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A child’s first firm emotional bond is built with his or her mother. She is the first person to connect with the child and provide care for the child. Children seek love, warmth and sense of security when they are born into this world. The way in which mother responds to these needs, provide care and interact lays firm foundations within the child about how they perceive world and relationships affecting their social and emotional skills and states in later years. 

Preparing an environment that supports healthy development

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As children develop, they need more support from parents. In this case, mothers, being the closest caregiver has the responsibility to provide a child friendly environment for the child to explore and practice skills freely. Facilitating opportunity to engage in play activities and explorations in non-threatening and child-safe environment with necessary supervision and support will come at its best from a mother as they witness their child grows each day. As children develop, they need more support from parents. In this case, mothers, being the closest caregiver has the responsibility to provide a child friendly environment for the child to explore and practice skills freely. Facilitating opportunity to engage in play activities and explorations in non-threatening and child-safe environment with necessary supervision and support will come at its best from a mother as they witness their child grows each day. 

Shaping behaviors

Mother as one of the most closely attached individuals with the child has more opportunity to understand child’s behavior through interactions and observations. Shaping behavior of children is effective when parents have a better understanding about their child’s emotions and personality. Not only that, a mother can always model her child’s behavior by being an example.

Showing love, kindness and concern

When a mother speaks words of kindness and love to her child, it is a great way of nurturing a child with a heart full of love, kindness and care. Being thoughtful as well as sensitive in ways a mother responds and interacts does not go unnoticed by the child.  Developing appropriate language, social and communication skills begin at home. A mother’s interactions and caring driven by love and kindness can do wonders in children’s lives when they are both young and older.

Routine and discipline 

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Routine is something a child will experience for the very first time from his or her mother. A time to eat, a time to sleep, a time to play and the list goes on. Mother in her organized daily routine, helps her child also to learn to spend time to a specific pattern. It is her way of giving her children the message about time management, prioritization and being organized. 

Above responsibilities and roles can give a glimpse of wonders a woman can work when she performs her daily routine as a mother. There is many more that can be added to the same. Power of motherhood over children never expires. It is something that keeps influencing children’s overall well-being and development throughout their life.