I know of mommies who are fiercely independent and completely capable of caring for multiple young children all on their own.
But I still believe in the saying that it takes a village to raise a child.
This is not to undermine the abilities of the mother. As much as the mother can teach, guide, nurture, play and discipline the child all on her own, one mother is still limited to one perspective.
To provide our child with an environment that allows them to learn and grow with open-mindedness and receptivity to varying opinions and backgrounds, it would certainly require a "village".
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Bring in grandparents and the child will have an undying source of love and affection, usually peppered with gifts and spoils.
They will grow up learning from perspectives of a different generation and the roots of their parents' upbringing.
Bring in uncles, aunties, and cousins, and the child will have additional adult role models and playmates of varying age.
Witnessing how you interact positively with your extended family members will help your child fostering strong family ties and build a foundation to always set family relations as a priority.
Bring in your friends and your child gets to understand you better as a person, apart from simply being his mother.
How you value friendships, display loyalty and trust your friends to play and care for your child will also model for your child in learning to build trusting friendships that will last a lifetime.
Bring in your neighbors and your child learns to care for the community living around him.
He would also learn about how vastly different people may be in appearances and backgrounds, yet still able to show mutual respect and form sincere and caring relations.
Bring in your Church and your child grows in a loving community, learning from testimonies shared about the mercy and grace of God, rooting your child in a faith that will guide him in big and small decisions through life.
So it does take a village to raise your child. Be open to the communities around you and bring them into creating a more wholesome environment for your child.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews 10:24-25
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