Roles and Responsibilities Portrayed by a Mother
In terms of defining what the word mother means, it is quite difficult to find a collection of words that would define it and be accepted universally. It’s social, cultural, and religious definitions have made it far more complex to be defined. A biological mother is the one that actually gave birth to a child. She is the one who conceived the child and carried it in her womb for nine months or so. The appearance, and hereditary attributes of the child are pretty much coming from either the child’s biological father or biological mother. A surrogate mother is the one who bears the embryo to term for a couple who are unable to have of an offspring. After delivering the baby, the surrogate mother surrenders all the rights and all the responsibilities of the baby to the biological mother. The term mother is also entitled to a woman who acts as the main social role in raising the child, even if she is the stepmother or adoptive mother of the child because being unrelated by blood is not a hindrance in giving care to the child.
Historically speaking, mothers have fulfilled the primary role in raising the children. However, during today’s generation, fathers have emerged in the scene of child care and their role in the family has in a way changed from bread winners of the family, to become primary caregivers. Although this is true in some families, the mother is still known as the universally accepted primary caregiver of the children. Mothers are far better in catering for the emotional needs of the children. Mothers provide the best advice with regards to matters of the heart. Their calm and soothing voice provides the rest to the uneasy and confused thinking of a young teenager experiencing problems with his or her love life. Mothers are the number fans. When you are down, troubled and in need of a helping hand to push you back in the competition, that is time where the role of a mother just shines. Mothers will always believe in you no matter what mistakes you commit in life. They will guide you to the right path and teach you how to learn from the mistakes of the past to move forward to a new and brighter tomorrow. The way mothers speak to their children is better suited to support very young minds in their efforts to understand speech than fathers. Mothers are more likely than fathers to encourage assimilative and character-enhancing patterns of behavior in their children. Mothers are the first ones whom their children run to in times of problems, and adversities. In their presence and unconditional love, children somehow find what we call a safe haven and a refuge. A mother by essence has no right to be called by their names if they do not show care and attention to her children. Performing the role as the primary caregiver, mothers need to recognize the needs of her children and attend to those needs because the children are very much dependent to their parents not only for physiologic needs, but also for safety, security and love as well. Aside from attending to the needs of her children, mothers also provide what we call a motherly advice. Many would say that mother knows best and probably this holds true since a true mother by essence has always good and pure intentions for her children. A mother always wants what is best for her children and will not settle for anything else. That is the unconditional love that mothers can offer to her children, a kind of love that so unique and so strong that makes it very special. There is nothing in this existing world that is comparable to this kind of motherly love. It is unconditional and without boundaries.
The kind of love that mothers offer is indeed precious as jewels. It is not to be denied that they are one of the most influential and most important people in the life of every individual, whether they may be young or young at heart. Mothers can provide a support system like no other. In this connection, we must forever be thankful for the love they are showering upon each of us.