Role theory is concerned with a set of cultural behavior, developed through social expectations given to a defined group. Mothers are the embodiment of love and care, which makes them proliferate child welfare and become more competent in the status (Eagly & Wood, 2016). Motherhood is acquired through child-bearing or assumption of a similar responsibility. Care starts with breastfeeding and daily hygiene activities which require a high emotional and physical connection. Their skills in understanding child needs and their high affection for promoting the well-being of their children makes them fit for the position. Taking care of young ones requires commitment and sacrifice which is exhibited by mothers. They detach from social groups and concentrate on their family welfare, to ensure that each child feels adequately loved and taken care of.
The expectations as caregivers shape their psychological and physical integrity to conform to the desired status. First, mothers are expected to be punctual and timely in feeding their children regardless of other household roles. To be responsibly adequate means that mothers have to effectively manage their time based on priority and ensure that needs are recognized and acted on promptly. Secondly, others are expected to be observant and keen on the social wellbeing of their children and are to know when their children are sick, unhappy or hungry. This makes mothers more sensitive to each detail, which prompts a timely response to correct a situation. If a child is hungry, then a mother has to act soon and according to the food needs, for example, their meal planning and management expertise based on the family needs knowledge. Finally, expectations on mothers shapes their communication standards to become engaging in order to show empathy and understanding for their children. Mothers have an outlined set of social requirements in aspects of child welfare, which makes them hard working, understanding and loving to ensure that their children have quality lives and that the family is stable.
Eagly, A. H., & Wood, W. (2016). Social role theory of sex differences. The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of gender and sexuality studies, 1-3.