Childhood Motherhood

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Pregnancy is followed by child-birth, which is accompanied by the next stage that is child- rearing. Initially it takes some adaptation for the new mother to tend to the new born and lactation as well imposes restrictions upon her, she has to change her sleep pattern and her daily routine as well at least for a while, this stage also demands adapting to by the mother. While instinctually a mother rejoices in bearing and rearing her child. To see her child well nurtured and nourished gives immense satisfaction to a mother. Though the biological changes that accompany motherhood affect a mother physically as well as psychologically, this aspect may also be considered as a form of the biological aspect, but it has greater impact on motherhood,…show more content…
Therefore the psychological aspect of motherhood is taken as one of the key factors in understanding maternal behaviour; the theorists so far have blamed this aspect of motherhood for serving the patriarchal design - the perpetration of gender-inequality. The vicious cycle that has gone on from mother to daughter and then from the daughter who now becomes a mother to her own daughter, for centuries, may be attributed to it. This aspect highlights the uniqueness of the mother-daughter bond. The psycho analyst and feminist, Nancy Chodorow, has explained maternal behaviour on psychological basis and asserted that the sociological aspects could be of secondary…show more content…
But as she grows, a realisation sinks in that her mother whose alter-ego she is, is a much dependent an ole-valued individual. This makes the daughter want to break free from her mother and move close to her father, who is for her all powerful and more valued. This breaking frace of the daughter from the maternal bond is at the root of the mother-daughter conflict, with the former resenting the later efforts to align with the father Chodorow also goes to the extent to say that when a daughter crocus the boundaries of love and identification in which her mother binds her, the daughter longs for an independence and freedom from this and turns to her father. This situation of the mothers and daughter is has also been discussed by Irizarry in And One doesn`t Stir without the other, leaves the daughter “immobilized”, and forbids her from gassing the freedom that she requires. This condition has been very vivid ally depicted by the daughter when she says, “full grown and still in the cradle” (Irigaray; 61-62). The daughter wants to break free from the suffocating and stiffly love of the mother in order to unit with someone more alive and powerful with this in mind she turns to her father, who through welcomes the daughter initially, only to turn her into a mirror-image of her own mother later. He returns her to the same fate as that of her
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