It is common knowledge that the bond between a mother (or primary caregiver) and child is important- but just how important is it?
Well, I was surprised when I stumbled upon an article describing attachment theory as the "first interactive love," and how this first love plays a major role in maintaining relationships in adulthood, maintaining emotional balance, and even the ability to simply enjoy being ourselves! Even the ability to 'bounce back' from any disappointment or misfortune is strongly influenced through attachment theory.
One might think, "okay, easy enough to make a baby feel loved, I mean... I'm all they've got, right?" Wrong! This article lists an abundance of ways for insecure attachment to take place. Some of the more obvious reasons include physical/sexual abuse, physical/emotional neglect, and separation from the primary caregiver. Other causes which may not be quite as obvious include traumatic experiences such as serious illness or accidents, maternal depression, and the clincher... young or inexperienced mothers (Teen Mom? 16 and Pregnant?)!
These findings give some extra credit to 'nurture' in the whole nature vs. nurture debate. Children of teen moms have a greater chance of becoming teen parents themselves in the future. Could it be because their childhood attachment was insecure? Possibly... but of course their are plenty of other factors.
A successful bond between mother and child is crucial in the future success of intimate adult relationships, and (although I'm sure this information is redundant and hopefully, obvious) don't think love and money are enough to raise a family... full mental development is a necessity!