from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The nurturing and raising of a child or children by a mother: "Because they are involved in careers and mothering, many women lead exhausting lives” ( David E. Bloom).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of mother.
- n. The nurturing of a child by its mother
- n. The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child
- n. Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother
- n. Shortened form of a-mothering (obsolete); practice of visiting one's literal or figurative mother or mother church (compare Mothering Sunday)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rural custom of visiting one's parents and giving them presents on Mid-Lent Sunday: supposed to be derived from the custom in former times of visiting the mother church on that day. Also called midlenting.
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Shady politicians are heroes while it is actually the mothers of this country (and those in mothering roles) who hold things together.
I'm choosing to reject those oppositions, to state, loudly and forcefully, that moral valuations of motherhood are necessarily fluid, and that if my mode of mothering is 'bad' to some, then I will celebrate and defend that badness.
My least favorite thing about mothering is how the mere act of becoming a mother seems to put you up for inspection and judgment by other mothers.
Every individual/institution has a different opinion of what good mothering is but the problem is that it's been all wrapped up in this mutating, judgmental, mommy-war starting monster.
I do think also that mothering is a skill, a talent, a vocation.
Things I love about mothering is the funny moments, we laugh alot here.
Yes, it would have included being a good role model, but this text has helped me realize that feminist mothering is much more or should be much more than that.
Feminist mothering is much more than raising empowered daughters or thoughtful son.
My mother was a feminist who taught me that mothering is a political act.
A thing I love about mothering is a thing I love about poetry: Both make you a child again.