I am a mom who has a son. I also have a brother, and an ex-mother-in-law, and I have to say, the mother-son relationship is very interesting to me. I truly believe that a man’s relationship with his mom has a huge impact on his romantic relationships. In this week’s Love Essentially, published yesterday in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, I explore the topic.
How a Mother-son Relationship Affects Yours by Jackie Pilossoph
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I feel like it’s a good time to bring up the issue of men and their mommies.
What exactly am I referring to? The fact that a man’s relationship with his mother can have a big impact — in either a good way or a bad way on his relationship with you.
I’m not a psychologist, but I believe the way a man views and treats women in his life begins at birth. A boy growing up watches how his dad treats his mom and then usually emulates the behavior. If a kid’s dad is loving, kind and respectful to his wife, the boy will see this, and hopefully follow suit. If the boy’s dad orders the mom around, abuses her or treats her poorly, the boy could end up thinking this is acceptable, normal behavior. I want to stress that there are countless exceptions of men whose fathers were less than ideal, and who ended up treating their mothers like queens.
So, now the guy starts to date. Ever heard the saying, “How he treats his mom is an indicator of how he will treat his wife?” Again, there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe this statement to be true.
When I was in my 20s, I went on a date with a man who spoke very negatively about his mom. He called her “stupid,” “lazy,” and in a story he was telling, said, “I told her to shut up.”
I called my girlfriend the next day and told her about the conversation. Her advice: “Run,” which I did.
There is nothing more repulsive to a woman than a man who doesn’t respect or show love to his mom. There is also nothing more attractive to a woman than watching her guy treat his mom like gold. It makes us respect and adore him immensely. A man giving his mom flowers, taking her to church, or even just putting his arms around her for a big hug is so darn sweet!
All that said, the love and the gestures have to be genuine. In other words, if the man is sweet to his mother out of fear, it is a turn-off. Maybe the mom is demanding or controlling. Maybe she makes him feel guilty. A man who is afraid of his mom and acts out of a sense of obligation will ultimately resent his mom, which is never good for him, or for your relationship with him.
Then there’s the mama’s boy…Click here to read the rest of the article, published yesterday in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.