With the passage of time our perception regarding mom changes. At different phases and stages of our lives, we start to think a bit different about mothers and motherhood.

The Stages of Motherhood

A woman goes through different stages of motherhood after becoming a mother. Although motherhood is an everlasting practice, normally the cycle of motherhood starts from the day the child is born and continues till he/she becomes independent to start their own lives. Generally motherhood can be divided into three stages: the early years, the middle stage, and the last stage. First stage starts with the birth of the child, where the mother focuses on nurturing the child. Start of 13th year marks for the beginning of middle stage, which includes children between 13 to 17 years of age. Guidance and promotion of independence in the child become the most important factors here. The last stage starts when the child enters his/her adulthood that is when the child attains the age of 18 years and above. Children in this stage become more responsible to start and manage their lives. Well, as stated above, motherhood never ends here. Physically or emotionally, she is always there to provide you support in hard and happy times! Here is a light hearted presentation of what we all think about our moms, at different points of our lives. Don't get surprised because we all have the same tendency towards our mothers! Learn in detail about the stages of motherhood below.

Different Phases Of Motherhood

Early Stage

Birth of the child marks for the beginning of the early stage. Considered as the crucial time to develop the child physically and mentally, it requires patience and flexibility. Mother needs to be with the child all the time to ensure that everything goes right for him/her. Nurturing, toileting, security, education, and manners are some of the important aspects that the mother needs to consider in this stage. Fashion, parties, accessories, and dinners are now the things of past; the only things that you can find in her purse are: diapers, milk bottles, baby toiletries, brightly coloured plastic keys, candies, chocolates, remains of food, crayons, pencils, crackers, coloring books, and many other things. With the passage of time she becomes so expert in dealing with the kids that she can even understand the half spoken words from her child's mouth. She becomes the favourite storyteller for kids, who tries to act while telling stories. The period of educating the kid also falls in the same stage, which again becomes the responsibility of the mother. Selecting the best school according to child's interests becomes the first and foremost task for her. With education, the mother also puts in efforts to introduce the kid with culture and traditions of their society. Shopping for her is buying staples, chocolates, wafers, children accessories, toys, and stationery for kids .With all these initial teachings, the child enters 13th year of his/her life, which becomes the starting point for middle stage.

Middle Stage
Middle stage of motherhood involves parenting the kids falling in between 13 to 17 years. Guidance and instilling the sense of independence are the important aspects of the middle stage. Considered as the early stage of adulthood, it seeks a combination of friend and mother. So here, the mother tries to maintain a balance between strictness and negligence. She gets a promotion, which in turn increases her job responsibilities, including parenting, counselling, and friendship. Sixth sense of a mother, she gained while nurturing us, plays an important role here. Surprisingly, she understands the unspoken words at the first look! And here appears a friend, who tries to take her child out of the turmoil. The child starts feeling comfortable discussing every type of matter with his/her mother, which in turn satisfies the mother too. Mother's mature thoughts and suggestion help instilling the sense of independence in the child. The middle stage ends when the child reaches 18 years of age.

Last Stage
Last stage marks for the actual beginning of adulthood. Mother steps back and blends with the society, thus delegating the responsibilities to the child. Now, she expects that her child should take the responsibilities of career, job, further education, and marriage on his/her own. It doesn't mean that she leaves the child completely alone; she is always available to support her children in good and bad times. All you need to do is approach her and speak out as you did during your childhood.