Majikthise - I have to disagree. I am a mother and am currently pregnant with our second child. I felt a great bond with my children before they were born and do consider myself to have maternal instincts. I also have had an abor.tion in my past due to certain circumstances. You can hardly say a person is not maternal when there are so many reasons why a woman may chose to ab.ort. It in no way means she may have not wanted or would have loved the child she would have carried, it means she had to make a hard decision and do what was best. At the time of mine, both me and my partner were laid off, lost our home, already had a one year old to raise, and it would have been completely irresponsible to bring another child into the world just because my birth control failed. I believe that my maternal instincts kicked in even then because at that point i knew i was doing the best thing by not continuing the pregnancy and keeping a child i could not provide for at the time.
Most women have, or can develop maternal "instincts." As humans, however, we can override them based on our own personal choices. A woman who does not have her own children may not have maternal instincts until she has her own child, as the hormone progesterone which is important in pregnancy plays a huge role in changing the brain and inducing maternal behaviour, as does various other aspects of pregnancy such as giving birth, and lactating. Humans, however, do not rely so much on instinct, we use consious thought more.
I don't wish to get into complex moral arguments, but I don't think any woman who can bring herself to abort the foetus that she is carrying has any significant "maternal instincts" to talk about.
That's a lot of women who don't have a clue what maternal instinct really means. For them maternal instinct takes a poor third place at best behind personal prospects and convenience.
My apologies in advance to anyone who thinks my comments are unreasonable.
Some women have maternal instincts before they even have children, while some women dont become maternal until a period of time after their child is even born. Both are completely normal. In fact, society expects women to want children and to be a natural mother and bond instantly with their child. The truth is more than half of women dont feel that bond until their baby is older.
The term is a misnomer. An instinct is by definition something that is not learned, something innate that we are born with. We are obviously not born in any such way. Women aren't born with maternal instincts. They learn how to be parents and they learn how to love and take care of their children.
No they r not made up, that's y they have parenting classes cuz some people weren't raised right themselves and they need help bn taught how to parent a child
I do not know, I thought maternal instincts was made up, I thought everyone both man or women would want to take care of the kids, my wife says I spoil ours.
sometimes it can be a hormonal imbalnce but usually its upbringing and something to do with personality.People learn how to react to children.
They r called maternal insticts, its like one of the other replies say u r taught how to react to children
So it is not a instinct, it is a learn skill from childhood.
Thx for the correct term, I forgot wat it was
Very well said, I like that, great comment
I like that answer, very nice