Being a parent is without a doubt one of the most difficult jobs where we go above and beyond to ensure that we raise happy and successful children. But, regardless of the approach we choose, it all comes down to the type of parenting relationship each parent embodies.
During the early childhood period, a child is learning a lot from their surroundings and the people around them. Being the main presence in a child’s life at this point, a mother’s relationship with her child is most important. It nurtures a child's entire growth and development that further lays the foundation for their actions, personality, traits, and values.
The importance of a mother-child relationship
As a mother, you are the primary caregiver in your kid’s earliest days, weeks, and months – In short, you are your kid’s first link of any emotional bonding and attachment. So you are the most important person in your child's life, and it is your responsibility to make yourself available to them, to listen to them, to solve their issues, and to make them feel comfortable. You are their true knight in dazzling armor, so ensure to always follow your "mothers' instincts."
Studies indicate that young children who grow up with a secure and healthy attachment to their mothers;
Stand a better chance of developing happy and content relationships with others in their life.
Learn to regulate emotions under stress and also in difficult situations.
Exhibit positive and confident social behaviors.
Lay the foundation for better social and academic skills.
Develop and exhibit positive problem-solving skills.
Are more socially, emotionally, and cognitively advanced.
Mothers lay the foundation for their young saplings to grow into trees. They unwittingly impart something valuable to their children every day as primary caregivers.
So, how do moms influence their child's life? Read on to learn more.
1. A mother is an emotional anchor: It is the mother's emotional facet that helps to connect her deeply with her children. They are better equipped to teach their children how to deal with emotions by talking about their feelings with them, by understanding their moods and wants, even when the child has not spoken much. This gives emotional security to the child. This, further when combined with the mother's role as a nurturer, helps to improve a child's emotional intelligence as well as sensitivity towards others. That is why the mother is the first teacher for each and every child.
Tip: Always be attentive towards your kid; it doesn’t matter how small or unimportant his or her need may seem to you.
2. A mother teaches trust and security: Two imperatively important life skills that your kid will learn from you are “learning to trust” and “providing emotional security.'' As a mother, it is your responsibility to educate your child about the value of being able to trust and be trustworthy. Once this is understood by the child, they will be confident and also be emotionally secure. So always be around your child and provide all the emotional support and encourage them to do better.
3. A mother encourages positivity: Life is tough, to be sure, but how you deal with your challenges can teach your child the value of having a positive attitude. Your reaction to situations, no matter how minor or major, can teach your child that having a good attitude may help one overcome obstacles. Being optimistic you can teach your child to be positive all of the time, allowing them to learn from their mistakes and grow.
4. A mother teaches you to deal with stress: Moms can have a big impact on how effectively their children deal with stress. Stress that isn't handled leads to a multitude of chronic health conditions and sufferings. It is an unavoidable part of our lives. But, rather than being overpowered by stress, you should teach your child to feel empowered. This is why engage your children in a small act of self-care.
Tip: Do breathing exercises together when your child is anxious or stressed or engage in relaxing activities together such as gardening, blowing bubbles, drawing, listening to upbeat music, or watching funny TV shows.
5. A mother encourages an active lifestyle: According to studies, mothers who live active lifestyles are more likely to have children who follow suit. As exercise is good for our emotional and mental health, in reducing the frequency of depression and anxiety in adults and children. An active lifestyle can help a child develop a positive self-image, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
Tip: Take a walk, dance around your living room, or ride bikes together in a local park.
Kindersteps encourages and appreciates the importance of mother-child relationships by supporting you and your child with daily recommended activities, tips, reminders and so much more.