Motherhood And Genetics- What Do You Think?

October 15th, 2012 | Categories: Gender

The Communicated Stereotype hasn’t yet written a blog about stereotypes and scientific findings. After you view the clip below, TCS welcomes your input on the topic in the comments section of this post.

Check out this newscast from ABC News asking:
Is There a Gene for Motherhood?

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  1. ekulcykcomcast.net
    November 26th, 2012 at 14:00

    When it comes to motherhood, society expects all women to be loving and nurturing mothers. In reality though, most women are not cut out for the job of being a mother. Being a mother is just as demanding as a career, you are in charge of something other than yourself. Taking care of a baby requires a lot of work, long nights, and proper lessons taught to the child in order to raise it to be healthy and happy. I think the research on the Mommy Gene, is believable. Some women feel they are born to be mothers and are good at what they do. However I do not think this is a reason to judge the parenting style of other women. For example in the video a woman talked about how some days she is a loving and caring mother but on a bad day it is a little bit harder. It all depends on the circumstances. Now women experience more stress than ever before with demands for a job and financially providing for the family on top of the job of being a mom. This stress plays a major role for some mothers when it comes to their children and I think it is the cause of the lack of motivation for many mothers.

  2. mgersh13
    November 28th, 2012 at 18:41

    Some women are more nurturing mothers, while others are not necessarily the best mothers and find difficulty in that role. I think there are numerous reasons to this. Perhaps one of them is the genetic inclination to be more of the motherly nature, but I believe the majority of it has to do with the environment in which you grew up in and the examples of motherhood that you have experienced. For instance if you grew up with an extremely nurturing mother, you would be more inclined to follow that example. Or if you grew up with a neglectful mother, you may not know what it is like to be in a nurturing environment. This could either push you to try to be the opposite and become an extremely caring mother in the future or you could continue in the path of the example that your own mother displayed for you. I think that so much in this case depends on circumstance that it is so hard to definitively determine one cause or reason for motherhood styles. The ever changing role of women also plays an important part in this research. Men have been playing a bigger part in the raising of children and often they adopt the typical “mommy role”. Everything is so situational that the motivations for types of parenting styles have to observed on a case by case basis.

  3. hylenia
    November 29th, 2012 at 13:16

    I personally do not think there is a specific gene that can be linked to the desire to be a mother. I think it depends on the life experiences of the woman for her to ultimately decide on whether or not she wants to be a mother. There are also many factors other factors that also play into how effectively she will mother her children. In the case of the two girls who just “know” they want to be mothers at such a young age, I believe that that can be attributed to the fact that they are girls, surrounded by baby dolls. They are given the toys that are marketed towards girls, and have grown to love it. The girls enjoy the “responsibility” of taking care of dolls, and can confidently say they want to take care of real ones one day. I agree with the response from Melissa Lawrence stating that the “mom gene” will give people a reason to ridicule mother’s parenting styles, attributing it to the existence, or lack of, the “mom gene”. But at the same time, if people who do not have the “mom gene” can compensate for it, what is the point of this discovery? It has been stated that one cannot go into the doctors office and be tested for the gene, and as one mom said, some days she feels nurturing, others she’s not that much in to mood. Because there are so many different types of people in the world, the discovery of the “mom gene”, in my opinion, just might be useless.

  4. jennacastle
    November 29th, 2012 at 16:07

    I do not necessarily believe this article. I don’t think that someone is born with a ‘mommy’ gene. I think that some people know more about children and feel more comfortable being a mom, but that does not mean that they were born solely to be a mother. A lot of moms do not know what they are doing when they first have a baby but learn as they go along. You learn how to be a mom like you learn how to do anything else. No one is born with being able to be a perfect mom. It takes a lot of time and adjusting to get used to. Some moms never thought they even wanted children but cannot imagine their lives without their child. A lot of young girls love to play house and play with dolls when they are younger. This does not mean that they are growing up to only be a mom and nothing else. I do believe that some people have more of a desire to be a mom when they are ready. But I do think that it is dramatic to believe that specific women are born with a gene to be a mom.

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