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Is Motherhood Learned or Innate?

Beyond Giving Birth, Is Motherhood Learned or Innate?

It's a mother's instinct...or is it? Some women believe that when baby arrives, a parent knows what to do. Other people think that moms adapt to circumstance and learn (and earn) the role through experience with a child. What's your opinion — giving birth technically makes a woman a mother, but does the ability to mother happen at birth or take time?
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tksinclair tksinclair 5 years
Not really either or in my book! A little of both.
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Girl Jen, I love your honesty and I'm sure you are a great mother!! We're having a baby in January and are both so clueless about babies. I'm hoping at least some of it comes naturally!! :)
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Girl Jen, I love your honesty and I'm sure you are a great mother!!We're having a baby in January and are both so clueless about babies. I'm hoping at least some of it comes naturally!! :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
Definitely a little of both.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Definitely a little of both.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
It was definitely learning for me...I had never held a baby and had no expierence whatsoever. But it was also a lot of instinct...you just know exactly what to do right now, just because it feels right. And at other times you're lost and googling symptoms ;)
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
It depends on the woman. It's not an either-or situation.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
When my daughter was born, I realized that I had no idea how to care for a baby. Once I figured that out, she turned into a toddler. And when I got the hang of that, she turned into a preschooler! Motherhood is a constant learning process. I'm more adept as a mother than I was when my little one was first born, but I still spend a majority of the time feeling like I don't know what I'm doing. It's a constant learning curve.
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