Some Characteristics of the Traditional Mother:
- Often continues care-giving later in life by volunteering or caring for grandchildren
- Although she loves her children, motherhood does not fulfill her
My mother falls into the traditional mother category (Mom, you can correct me here if I'm wrong). I get the impression that she has always loved being a mother, that my brother’s and my needs were always fulfilled, that she was (and still is) always available for us. She continued care-giving when my brother and I grew up by teaching nursery school and now taking care of her granddaughter as often as she can. She certainly has interests other than just me and my brother, though. And I don’t know if she felt at her best when pregnant and nursing, but she’s always seemed content to have my brother and I (and other family) around her as frequently as possible.
I picked up on my mom’s love and dedication for motherhood at a very early age, so I have known I’ve wanted to be a mother since about age two. My favorite toys were dolls, I always cast myself as “the mother” when playing with friends as a young child, I love children and am looking forward to being a mother in the future. On the other hand, I have known since a young age that I’ve wanted to be a writer, a career woman, and that’s a goal I'm not willing to give up. Having the perfect combination of motherhood and career-hood would be the ultimate fulfilling situation for me, so therefore I imagine I will end up in the combination motherhood category.
Questions: What type of mother do you have? How has that affected you and your views on motherhood? If you are a mother yourself, what type of mother are you? What types of societal conditions affect how you feel about motherhood?