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Fostering Goodness: The Role of Mothers in Nurturing and Teaching

By Comeuntochrist.org

“I believe it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation.” - L. Tom Perry

Many of us have heard the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” It is true that many people influence the development of a child as they grow to adulthood: family members, friends, teachers, and others. Many of us would also agree that certain key individuals take center stage in a child’s life at crucial times of development, helping them become ethical, able, resilient, and moral human beings. One of these critical influencers goes by the revered name of “Mother.”

Mom coloring with 3 children and husband at kitchen table – Role of Mothers – Mormon.org

Teaching children in the home is critical, especially given the moral environment we find ourselves in today. Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a primary responsibility, and should try their best to raise well-adjusted, confident, and happy children. While other social institutions, such as church and school, can assist parents to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6), ultimately this responsibility rests with parents. According to God’s plan of happiness, it is parents God entrusts to care for and help develop His children.

Mom helping daughter with schoolwork at kitchen table – Role of Mothers – Mormon.org

Both parents should feel the responsibility for teaching their children, but it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation. As the evils found in society become more prevalent, the presence and influence of a loving mother teaching correct principles to her children within the home adds another layer of insulation to protect children from harmful and destructive worldly influences.

Below are three ideas that can help create an environment of positive, uplifting teaching in your home, where parents and children can spend quality time together.

1. Family night. Reserve one night a week that is dedicated to your family. Spend quality time together. Laugh, play, read scriptures, and discuss items that matter to one another. Use this time to bond and create lasting memories. 

2. Eat meals together. Studies show that sharing a family meal together strengthens family bonds, creates well adjusted children, and reduces obesity. Use these times together to find out more about each others’ daily activities, and show support and encouragement for one another. 

3. Pray together as a family. Each evening, gather your children and pray to God. Express your gratitude for His blessings to you individually and as a family, and ask Him for the things you need.

Has your mother profoundly nurtured, taught, and influenced you for good? Click here for 5 simple ways you can show her you care.