Irish mothers do not have preferential status in Irish law
- The notion of an exclusive mother-child relationship is not universal
- The mother-child relationship is culturally constructed
- The notion of an exclusive mother-child relationship emerged circa 1830
- Mother-child relationships are influenced by social and economic forces
- The concept of motherhood as we know it is the product of an affluent society
- The mother child-relationship in western world constantly evolves
- A study of 186 cultures shows that the mother was the primary or exclusive caretaker of infants only in 46% of cultures studied
- Every culture believes that their child-rearing practices stem from nature itself
Good parenting is not the exclusive preserve of mothers let alone Irish mothers.
It is not a person’s gender, or their biological relationship to the child that determines their value as a parent but rather their ability to love, value and provide care for the child.
While there are many wonderful Irish mammies we must also acknowledge that there are many Irish children who can attest to the shortcomings of Irish mothers. There are many children who experienced only conditional love or who were not accepted by their Irish mothers for who they are. We are also all acutely aware of sad cases of neglect by Irish mammies.
Just my thoughts, as an Irish mother