The origins of the ‘othermother’ can be traced through indigenous cultures around the world, and according to Dr Stanlie James, is defined as “those who assist bloodmothers in the responsibilities of child care from short to long term periods, in formal or informal arrangements.
Dr. Deborah MacNamara
I often hear parents voice concerns as to whether their child is making friends and fitting in with their peer group. It often gives rise to fervent activity to expose their child to a lot of kids, have playdates, and to help them find their BFF (best friend forever). What is rarely addressed is that there is a great risk in pushing children to oversocialise, especially in the early years. Perhaps this push is fuelled by a belief that children learn social skills from being around other kids the same age. The thought that other immature children will help a young child act more mature is faulty at best.
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