How Survival of a Species Depends On the Role the Mother Plays in the Upbringing of Her of Springs?

Published: 2021-07-21
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Ainsworth in his paper argues that the survival of a species depends on the role the mother plays in the upbringing of her of springs. Offspring attachment to the mothers is seen to fulfill the certain biological role which in this case is to prepare them for the hostile environment which requires survival for the fittest persons only. The parents play the role of protection. I agree with this idea given the fact newborns babies can never even feed themselves. Their lives would be in grave danger of starvation and risk of other harmful agents.

The further argument that prolonged infancy is risky is an opinion that I assent to and I believe is correct. Yes, babies require protection from their parents during infancy. However, if this is prolonged, they would acquire a state of over dependence on their parents. In this situation, the babies would not be able to survive in the ever competitive environment if left on their own. This is to say that, they would not be fit to compete for the scarce resources in the environment. Such species would be wiped out rapidly. This condition may cause wiping out of the human race from the surface of the earth. Therefore. The level of infancy must be regulated (Ainsworth et al., 2015).

The argument that exploration stage of child development puts the child and the mother in a state of constant collision is arguable true. At this level of development, the babies want to experiment and touch everything that they see in their surrounding. The mother, on the other hand, maintains a keen eye checking on the babies to prevent them from falling into any dangers. The exploring baby sees the parent as an enemy who does resist every effort they make thus the repulsive situation. It takes something harmful on the side of the baby to bring them together once again (Ainsworth et al., 2015).

Development of health attachment is very critical for child development. The first most important way of developing this attachment is by ensuring the mothers are always there for the children during the early stages of development. The more the child sees the mother as they grow the more the bond between them develops a stronger bond thus better life for the baby (Ainsworth et al., 2015).

On the other hand, this bond can also be made stronger during the exploration stage through guidance. Putting this into perspective, instead of punishing or shouting at the child when they make mistakes, the parents should explain to them in simple terms why they are being restricted to do some of the things. When the child understands that the parent is simply trying to protect they and not blocking them from doing what they want, they would grow more into love and strongly bound to their parents (Schore, 2015).

Enhancement of child development is very important for their survival and growth in the most challenging environment of this world. The best way to enhance the development process of children is by ensuring they are protected in their early days on earth. After they have, they have achieved some level of maturity the children should be exposed to the hostile environment to ensure that they develop the strength and ability to survive. Most important, however, is to instill the idea of competition in the minds of the children. Having a competitive mind would ensure that every child strives for excellence and survival. In fact, the children would come up with more innovative ways of making their lives more comfortable.


Ainsworth, M. D. S., Blehar, M. C., Waters, E., & Wall, S. N. (2015). Patterns of attachment: A psychological study of the strange situation. Psychology Press.

Schore, A. N. (2015). Affect regulation and the origin of the self: The neurobiology of emotional development. Routledge.


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