Are you a nurturing mother? Before you answer, it is important to know the meaning of nurture. Its dictionary definition is to nourish or feed; to educate or train and to help grow or develop; cultivate. There are many ways to become a nurturing mom and you might actually be doing some of them already.
- Being there for your kids emotionally is one of the most important ways you can be a nurturing mom.
- Helping your kids deal with their emotions and disciplining them will guide them to become mature adults.
- Stimulating them and encouraging your kids to reach their God-given potential is another way to nurture them.
- Helping them identify and develop their intellect and skills is important to a child’s development.
- Physically engage yourself as a mom with your children. Hugging and other physical touches with your kids are viewed as acts of love and nurture from a kid’s point of view.
- Making eye contact especially when talking with your child.
- Laugh together.
You probably didn’t know that being a nurturing mom has such a big effect on the development of your children, particularly in the brain development area. But recent studies from child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, states that the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. The study shows that school aged children whose mothers were able to nurture them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus. Hippocampus plays an important role in learning, memory and stress response.
Lead author Joan L. Luby M.D. states that “This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, which is just how important nurturing parents are to creating adaptive human beings. I think the public health implications suggest that we should pay more attention to parents’ nurturing, and we should do what we can as a society to foster these skills because clearly nurturing has a very, very big impact on later development.”
So starting from today forth, spend those extra moments with your kids. You might not see the fruits of your nurturing now, but remember, you are helping your child reach his full development and his full potential in the future.