A Research Paper created by Priya Deepak
(Executive & Youth Coaching, INDIA)
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
As Wikipedia explains, Parenting (or child rearing) is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. A parenting style is the overall emotional climate in the home. Developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind identified three main parenting styles in early child development: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. These parenting styles were later expanded to four, including an uninvolved style. These four styles of parenting involve combinations of acceptance and responsiveness on the one hand and demand and control on the other. From this case study we are studying a parenting style. It is very obvious that parents at one point of their upbringing will need a support system to build a positive relationship with their child in a sustainable manner. Just like with any relationship, building a positive relationship between parent and child is one that requires work and effort to make it strong and successful. Parenting is a tough job, and maintaining close relationships and open communications helps to ensure parents and their children stay connected through all ages of life and upbringing.
Some Psychologists call the relationship between child and parent “attachment.” Attachment theory, or the study of these relationships, has shed light on the importance of the relationships between parent and child as well as pointed out some of the key steps parents can take to raise their children well. In addition, mothers and fathers take on different roles in bringing up a well-developed child.
This case study is based on relationship between mother and child, where mother needed a transformation to become more confident and secured which would improve her relationship with her teenage son. Mother had a fear that if she is not around all time, that may lead to situation where her son would fail in life and all the related insecurities around that. This was driving her to control her son’s every move in and out of house. This brought lot of irritation and tension with her teenage son. In this case study we are able to see the transformation mother brings in her relationship with her son.