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How important is the role of a biological mother in child's development?

Q: My client is trying to get equal custody of one of her children, four and six years old respectively. What is the importance of the role of a biological mother in child's development? The client has stayed clean and sober successfully for one year and attends aftercare on a weekly basis at our county facility.

A:The care of the biological mother is particularly important under the following circumstances: 1. If she has bonded with the infant from the time of its birth and there is already an emotional tie, which she can sustain. 2. If she is breast-feeding the child (many academic articles and UNICEF support the giving of breast-milk) and it is to be continued. Nature endows the mother with feelings of warmth, affection and protectiveness towards the child and under normal circumstances she will be the most suitable care-giver for infants and young children. However, love, tenderness, and consistency in parental behaviour are essential for the infants and children to survive and thrive, whether they are from a biological or non-biological mother. There are several books in the field of Child Development which emphasize the socio-psychological aspects of mothering, which you can refer to in this regard.

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