“My mother, she was my first friend in the proper sense of the word.” – Nelson Mandela


The greatest effect on children is exerted by their mothers, and this influence begins while the child is still in the womb. Taking on the responsibilities of a mother is a journey laced with joy, satisfaction, and other strong emotions. A tumultuous experience may very well describe it.

In the context of this article, a mother is a woman who lovingly and carefully raises a child. On the other hand, a mother is generally a woman who plays the role of having a connection to her children, who may or may not be her biological children.

The fact that mothers constantly do so many things for their children, both deliberately and unknowingly, demonstrates the importance of mothers in child development. Children always seek their mothers for direction, counsel, and support. Below are four roles mothers play in their child’s development.

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  • Creating the initial emotional connection ties

Mothers are a child’s first connection to any emotional bonding and attachment since they are the primary caregivers during a child’s earliest days.  The infant discovers their mother’s first feelings. The link formed with the infant in the first few months and years will have a significant influence on the child’s overall well-being and development. Early interactions between a mother and her child have a significant impact on how the child will behave later in life, especially in social and emotional contexts. Children learn a lot about recognizing people and their emotional needs through their mothers’ reactions to their needs and how to meet those needs.


  • Being responsive

While children may have an altogether different perspective, it is permissible for mothers to have a particular way of looking at things and performing duties. It is perfectly acceptable to consider the child’s viewpoint as well. When a child makes a mistake, attempt to explain to them what they can do differently. Never dismiss a child’s point of view, rather make an effort to comprehend why they feel the way they do and engage in a conversation with them about it. Establishing a connection with the child comes before any criticism.


  • Maintaining optimism

The value of maintaining a positive attitude can be taught to the child by showing them how to handle their challenges. Children will learn that having a good attitude will help them overcome many challenges from how women as mothers respond to various problems, no matter how small or large. Also, try to create stories based on actual events to help the child understand their language. Remain encouraging and instill a good outlook in the child while teaching him or her to take responsibility for their actions and to never give up is always the proper thing to do.


  • Teaching the value of structure and regularity

The child will feel most at ease in their early years when they stick to a routine in their everyday lives. Teach the value of discipline while adhering to some fundamental daily routines, and demonstrate to the youngster how to manage time and obligations successfully by following a routine.

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