Growing up without a mother can have damaging effects on a child's sense of security in the world. Children who do not form secure attachments with their mothers or stable, consistent caregivers can have angst, doubt and hesitance about the world around them, says Beth Azar with the American Psychological Association. Insecure attachments can negatively impact children psychologically and socially throughout tall all stages of development and into adulthood. While growing up without a mother in the home suggests that a child may have difficulties in his psychological, emotional and social development, these difficulties don't have to define who the child is and what he can accomplish throughout his life, and they don't mean that the child can't become a successful adult, despite his early experiences without a parent in the home. Secure attachment, often established during infancy, between mother and child correlates to higher self-reliance and self-esteem in children and adolescents, says Azar. Secure attachment is also a buffer against stress and a child's response to a change in circumstances.
To The Girl Who Grew Up Without A Mother
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Meyers grew up with a dad who was physically present but emotionally absent. She numbed her pain with food and anti-depressants. It took six decades, but I can finally utter a huge truth that caused me tremendous shame and sadness: My father didn't love me. I never spoke that deep, dark secret, but it was always festering inside of me. It manifested itself in many ways throughout my life as I struggled with a food obsession, low self-esteem, social anxiety, and depression. Whether a dad was present but rejecting like mine or walked away from his fatherly duties entirely, his absence leaves an indelible mark on a daughter's psyche as she grows into adulthood. What does the research say about woman who grew up with fathers who didn't love them—daughters who were never daddy's little girl?
What Are Some Effects of Growing up Without a Mother?
Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up with both parents. Though no child will simply fail to survive because of this, it definitely causes repercussions. It leaves a mark.
Growing up without a mom, whether it be due to addiction, death or just absence, is one of the hardest things a girl can go through. Moms are known to be more gentle, understanding and emotional than most fathers. They do have that magic touch that seems to tie everything back together.