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The Mother’s Influence in the Home

This is the day of infant nurseries, day care centers, and babysitters. More and more we hear how unfulfilling and boring a woman’s life, as homemaker and mother, is. After all, every woman has the right to be herself and find an exciting and rewarding career.

And…who’s taking care of the children? According to an article under the title, 17 million mothers, with children under 13 years of age, are at work outside the home today. Nearly 30% of these children are home alone after school.

Why write these facts in a Christian magazine? We are all affected by the trends and thinking of those around us. Whether because of necessity or desire, many Christian mothers are included in these numbers. I only want to make the point here, that to be an influence there must be time spent together. Old Testament scriptures say, “Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and then thou risest up.” This presupposes a lot of togetherness, doesn’t it?

At what age are children influenced by their mothers? Authorities say even the first hours and days are important in a baby’s life. The feeling of closeness and loving care, by a mother, is essential for healthy development of the child. How about the toddler, and the pre-school years? Every waking moment of a child is a learning experience. The child imitates, investigates, and needs a loving, guiding hand. These are years when habits are formed, that are likely to remain all through life. Habits of cleanliness, personal hygiene, orderliness, good behavior, and honesty are just a few. Already the child is learning about God, the Bible, and prayer from his mother. We all are familiar with the text, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

As the child becomes older, he is busy with school, catechism, and various activities. How very important it is not that the mother be there, with a watchful eye, a listening ear, some words of advice and a helping hand.

Does the mother’s influence end here? In Titus 2, we read, “The aged women likewise…may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Young girls, looking forward to marriage and motherhood- can you think of a more rewarding, more fulfilling calling? “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord.” Psalm 127:3.