As mother’s, the connection we have with our children is undeniable—magnetic, seamless, potent and powerful. And science is continually attesting to this.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are four fascinating social and scientific facts to encourage you that your connection with your children is hardwired by design. God in His infinite wisdom anchored creation in the power of lineage and connection. Here’s how!
1. Babies give us our names
- In English, we’re called mom.
- In Mandarin Chinese, mama.
- In Spanish, we’re mama, too.
- In Iceland, mamma.
- In Hebrew, ee-ma.
- In Vietnamese, mẹ.
“Noticing a trend?” According to Live Science, that’s “No coincidence—one of the first word-like sounds babies typically vocalize is a “ma” sound, and almost every language across the globe has taken that baby talk as the basis for the word for mother.”
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2. Children’s cells live on in us long after birth, aiding our health
During pregnancy, moms and their babies share cells, making for a true life-long connection. “In some cases, these cells persist in mom’s body, even for years. Research by Tufts University School of Medicine geneticist Diana Bianchi once revealed a mother with her 27-year-old son’s cells still inside her. No one knows whether the cells have any effect on the maternal body, though some researchers suspect they may either contribute to or protect from autoimmune disease,” reports Live Science.
3. Daughters Raised by working moms tend to have higher incomes as adults
“Overall, maternal employment seems to have a limited impact on children’s behavior and academic achievement over the short term. And there appear to be benefits in the long-term. A study published in 2018 finds that daughters raised by working moms are more likely to be employed as adults and have higher incomes,” according to Harvard Kennedy School.
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Girls raised by working moms had higher incomes than women whose moms stayed at home full time. Guess we model what we see. My mom owned her own business in a country she isn’t from and I am so proud of her. Hope my kids take pride in knowing their mom works hard to make a difference!!! #raisinggirls #momofgirl #mamasgirl #womenrising #futureisfemale #workingmomlife #workingmom #momhustler #momboss #bosslady #motherhoodfacts #didyouknow #incomedata #workinghard #rolemodel #houseworkoroffice #makingtheworldabetterplace #changeisgood #pavingtheway #donteveraskformoneymakeyourown #2WM #makeyourownworth
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4. Our babies match their heart-rates to our internal frequency
In a study published by Science Direct, 3-month old babies and their mothers were found to “coordinate heart rhythms when moms show signs of affection like smiling. Babies have faster heart rates than adults, but researchers found that mom-baby pairs hit more beats together than babies and women who were not their mothers.”
Additionally, Meredith Small writes in Our Babies, Ourselves, “Babies and their mothers share a deeply physiological connection. In one study of infant reaction to mothers, fathers, and strangers, an infant girl was brought into a lab and set in a plastic seat that was curtained off from distractions. The baby was then approached by her mother, then her father, and then a stranger. Chest monitors on the baby and the adults showed that the baby synchronized her heart rate to that of the mother or father when they approached, but she did not synchronize her heart rate to the stranger’s. The data suggests that babies and their caretakers are entwined in a homeostatic relationship, with the baby clicking in with the parents to achieve some sort of balance.”