Thought Provoker about Mothers (in Off-topic)

Sir Leon [Soup Ream] February 5 2007 4:38 PM EST

Today in class we were discussing an essay we were to read. It was about the significance of the role of mother within todays family. I think it's interesting to see all the differences between each others thoughts on such a common thing.

What do you guys think the role of a mother is in the family? Can be funny, serious or w/e.

To get your noggin thinkin:

-A mother tends to all non-physical demanding duties within the household. I.E. chores such as the dishes or laundry.
-Tends to the children needs
-Heavily influences childs morals and ethics

Adminedyit [Superheros] February 5 2007 5:15 PM EST

Mother is the name of god in the hearts and minds of children.

QBsutekh137 February 5 2007 5:32 PM EST

A mother is a partner in a child-rearing duo. The partners share the rules and the roles, deciding who is best suited to which task. While males and females (fathers and mothers) may have certain strengths and weaknesses on average, that is not to say that, in any given family unit, the tasks need to be split any specific way. The father may be better at nurturing and sympathizing with a child, just as the mother may be better at changing spark plugs and putting in a new toilet ring to keep the family running smoothly. Who does what is up to the parents -- they are equal partners.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] February 6 2007 5:34 AM EST

Leon, define "today's". ;)

The Female of the Species

WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
For the Woman that God gave him isn't his to give away;
But when hunter meets with husbands, each confirms the other's tale —
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man, a bear in most relations — worm and savage otherwise, —
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.

Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
Mirth obscene diverts his anger — Doubt and Pity oft perplex
Him in dealing with an issue — to the scandal of The Sex!

But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same;
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity — must not swerve for fact or jest.
These be purely male diversions — not in these her honour dwells —
She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate.
And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

She is wedded to convictions — in default of grosser ties;
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies! —
He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

Unprovoked and awful charges — even so the she-bear fights,
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons — even so the cobra bites,
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
And the victim writhes in anguish — like the Jesuit with the squaw!

So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
To some God of Abstract Justice — which no woman understands.

And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern — shall enthral but not enslave him.
And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.

-- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Sir Leon [Soup Ream] February 6 2007 7:30 AM EST

Today-- After the womens right movments. It's in contrast to the way mothers were suppose to act in the 1950's and before.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] February 6 2007 9:17 AM EST

My Mum went back to work and carried on with her career. My dad quite work and raised me and my sister.

Does that make him my mother? o_O

QBJohnnywas February 6 2007 9:21 AM EST

My parents split up when I was six. My mum raised me and my sister_and_went to work. Meanwhile my dad spent his time chasing women.

Dunno what I'm actually saying here. But it explains a lot about me.

AdminG Beee February 6 2007 9:35 AM EST

Mothers were created to patiently pick chewing gum out of their children's hair.
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