The Gift of Mum: Educator, Caregiver and Advocate
The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” originates from an African proverb and conveys the message that it takes many people (“the village”) to provide an environment for children, where they feel secure and receive the support they need to flourish and realise their hopes and dreams. Multiple people, including parents, siblings, extended family members, neighbours, teachers, and so on, play their part in caring for the child.
In the past mothers were considered the backbone of a family, raising their children and created a nurturing environment for them to grow and thrive. From pregnancy to birth and beyond, mothers were the primary caretakers and supporters of their children. In this blog, we will explore the importance of mothers and caregivers to explore the significant impact they have on their children's lives.
A modern mum’s role is far more complex. As "mum" the role has not changed, still the nurturer, the caregiver but now with a drive to be fulfilled as a woman. To be taken seriously in the workplace and to be seen as an equal to her male counterparts. In the 1950’s barely 19% of mothers worked, by 2020 this figure had increased to 85%! This is not a negative and working mums should not feel worried that their little one is missing out. Studies show that a child with a working mum is more likely to be a high achiever too.
The needs of babies and children haven’t changed, it is the way those needs are met that have had to change.
Firstly, mums are the first educators of their children. From the earliest stages of development, they teach their children about the world and provide them with the necessary tools to navigate it. Playing a crucial role in shaping their children's values, beliefs, and attitudes towards life. As a significant part of the caregiving group, they instil in their children the importance of empathy, kindness, and compassion. The early influences on a child’s development is significant, and the guidance and support received can have a lasting impact on their lives.
A newborn needs to feel loved and safe and mums, who are often the primary caregivers of their children, are responsible for providing their children with the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and clothing and supporting their children's emotional well-being by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment. When a child is sick or hurt they will turn to their mum to provide comfort and care when they need it the most.
When giving birth meant that a woman’s job was to be a mum they were often the entire family's emotional centre. Providing emotional support, comfort, and guidance to their children, partners, and other family members. Always ready to listen and offer a helping hand when needed. Times have changed but being able to provide unconditional love and support are essential for any family's emotional well-being.
Fourthly, children need great role models. By demonstrating the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance parents are setting an excellent example for their children to follow. Inspiring their children to pursue their dreams and aspirations and help them realize their full potential.
Finally, mothers and the extended network of caregivers are essential for society's development. They play a critical role in raising the next generation of citizens who will shape the future. They are responsible for instilling in their children the values that will help them become responsible, caring, and productive members of society.
In conclusion, the importance of mothers and a loving support network cannot be overstated. They are the caregivers, educators, and emotional supporters of their children and families.
So, let's honour and appreciate our “mums” in whatever shape or form and recognize the significant impact they have on our lives.
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Ooh-Box would like to offer our sympathy to anyone who has recently lost their mum. We send our deepest condolences