Mothers Day is the one day of the year dedicated to arguably the most important person in our lives. Mums! Indeed the ‘mother’ of all heroes, a good mother (or a strong maternal figure) fulfills each aspect of what psychologists have identified as the four important functions of a hero….
They protect and defend
There are countless amazing stories of mothers doing whatever it takes to save their children, whether lifting astronomical weights or sacrificing their own lives. Human infants are among the most vulnerable of all primates, so no wonder our species evolved to have mothers who risk it all to protect us when we are so small and fragile.
They provide intelligence and wisdom
Scientists are beginning to uncover evidence suggesting that intelligence is inherited more from mothers than from fathers. Beyond this genetic inheritance, mothers tend to be more committed to passing on wisdom to their children. Mothers serve as mentors to both their sons and their daughters when they need guidance while growing up.
They are moral role models
A good mother tries to provide an example of high standards of human conduct also. As children, many people watch their mothers’ selflessness and daily sacrifices, and learn that we’re all called to perform these acts of kindness for others. Heroes are beacons of hope who demonstrate how to behave virtuously, which sure sounds like a lot of mums we know.
They enhance and inspire
A good mother thinks the world of her children and wants what’s best for them. She encourages her kids to reach for the stars, and maximize their fullest potential. It is not uncommon to hear people say that their mum helped them grow into the person they are today.
Of all the people to pick from as heroes – presidents, humanitarians, legends, coaches and family members – more often than not people cite their mum as their hero. Good mums are there for you when you need emotional support. They hug you. They comfort you when you cry. They kiss you on your cheeks before school and at bedtime at night. Without mums, our world would be a very different place.