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The Sacred Responsibility of Mothers

 

The Family: A Proclamation to the World, states: “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”

Every woman who bears a child thus has a sacred responsibility to provide loving nurturance so that child can develop toward his or her highest potential. While both mothers and fathers are essential to a child’s healthy development, this article centers on the contribution and responsibility of mothers. See articlesEqual Partnership in Marriage and The Sacred Responsibility of Fathers.

Mother as Nurturer

Biologically, mothers have been given the hallowed opportunity to bear children. Because they nurture the developing child in their own bodies, they almost always feel a compelling drive to protect the new, entirely dependent life they’ve given birth to. Most mothers also feel inherent motivation to comfort and guide their child. So it’s natural in the vast majority of cases that a mother becomes her child’s primary caregiver, especially during the first few years of life.

Infants and small children are completely dependent on their caregivers to survive. As a child grows, she becomes less physically dependent but continues to need the nurturing care of her mother, including acceptance, love, understanding, and teaching. These many hours of care each day make mothers most often the person closest to their children and the person with greatest influence. Experiences with Mom powerfully shape a child’s perspective, attitudes, and sense of self. Without good nurturing in these early stages, a child’s development can be seriously harmed. See article Being Loving and Nurturing. Continue reading The Sacred Responsibility of Mothers