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Mother's Day Words: What Mothers Do

April 25, 2012
This Mother's Day, in honor of hard working and hard loving mothers everywhere, this list answers two questions: The annoying, uninformed "What do you do all day?" one you get when you're on maternity leave or staying home with kids, and also the question you ask yourself every time your child passes yet another milestone: "Where did the years go?"
engender
From his own essence, Cronus engendered Earth and Heaven, whom mythologers may call Jupiter and Juno, and they in turn give life to Ocean.
Dill, Samuel
beget
“Devils beget fire, death, smoke,” Claes replied, “but children—no.
Coster, Charles de
bring forth
Say: Go through the earth, and see how He hath brought forth created beings.
Dinet, Etienne
sustain
April showers are in the cards, but we can at least find plenty of good crime fiction to sustain us while indoors.
Seattle Times (Apr 4, 2012)
foster
Moderate rainfall breeds settled agriculture, they reckon, fostering urbanisation, trade and state-building.
Economist (Apr 4, 2012)
raise
Sure enough, they observed faster growth rates for oaks raised in hotter conditions, similar to those seen in the field, Ms. Searle said.
New York Times (Apr 25, 2012)
rear
Mr. Richie, born and reared in Tuskegee, Ala., has said that making this album felt like coming home.
New York Times (Apr 9, 2012)
nourish
Their earlier literary needs are practically all alike and their youthful minds must be nourished in about the same fashion.
McKeever, William Arch
parent
She blogs about education and parenting at Coming of Age in the Middle.
New York Times (Apr 20, 2012)
enjoy
Please come out and enjoy a wonderful home cooked meal.
Seattle Times (Apr 21, 2012)
cherish
Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved; as, a bosom friend.
Webster, Noah
manage
The folding doors and windows in the partition enable one teacher to manage both rooms.
McKeever, William Arch
treasure
The bedtime story is a treasured ritual in many families.
New York Times (Apr 10, 2012)
care for
While walking through these grounds in company with a couple of missionaries, I thought how much better these animals were cared for than some men.
Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
deal
In the past few months, Mr. Cook has taken steps to deal with Apple's girth.
Wall Street Journal (Apr 24, 2012)
handle
“I feel like Henry has handled everything really well.
Washington Post (Apr 21, 2012)
hold dear
Speaking in different languages, dressing oddly, believing in strange gods, motivated by shadowy purposes and desires, they threaten everything we hold dear.
New York Times (Dec 8, 2011)
wish
Wish him better luck next time,” he guffawed.
Bartlett, Paul Alexander
worry
In fact, many little things that once would not have worried her now jarred upon tired nerves.
Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington)
vex
Memory kept vexing me sorely; and I, who seldom cried, swallowed tears behind my veil and went along in silence.
Rameur, E.
concern
Women, Heilman said, are seen as communal, caring, emotional and concerned about others; men as intellectual, rational, logical.
Scientific American (Apr 25, 2012)
care
Caring for parents already entails so much monitoring — do we have to take on this task too?
New York Times (Apr 23, 2012)
occupy
This occupied the space of about two minutes—perhaps, not so much.
Crowe, Catherine
cleanse
A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent.
Webster, Noah
make clean
Old boots or shoes I’ll take for brooms, Come buy to make clean all your rooms!”
Hindley, Charles
campaign
contend
But eight men, however bold and stout-hearted, could not long contend with an enemy at least four times their number.
Strang, Herbert
struggle
And any parent who has struggled to get his child’s class snack just right will enjoy Skip Card’s Elementary Dad essay on Inside Schools.
New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
crusade
Leonard Bernstein’s crusade for musical education outlives him.
BusinessWeek (Feb 15, 2012)
defend
Commissioner Patty Mahaney, who ardently defended Lee in the meeting, suggested that letting an independent investigation proceed would be best, rather than accepting Lee’s resignation.
Time (Apr 23, 2012)
fight back
At the time, Obama Administration officials said they were determined to fight back and keep the rule in place.
US News (Mar 19, 2012)
press
The United States government has also not pressed China to vigorously and quickly enforce its own laws to help American shareholders.
New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
push
“I’m not in favor of pushing a young man too far.”
MacKenzie, Compton
talk
“We’ve had quite enough to-night, talking over old times.”
MacKenzie, Compton
babble
She babbled, as babies are supposed to do.
Seattle Times (Apr 14, 2012)
adopt
Watson said that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son.
Seattle Times (Apr 17, 2012)
advocate
On the contrary, I have advocated gentleness, peace, persuasion, exhortation, kindness, equity, on all occasions.
James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford)
sing
"Now, all together," said Mr. Ridgway; and he began to sing.
Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington)

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Thursday June 7th 2012, 3:45 AM
Comment by: Maya G.
Best list
Sunday May 12th 2013, 2:27 PM
Comment by: Angad S. (India)
great
Monday May 13th 2013, 4:27 AM
Comment by: Jurgens Pieterse (South Africa)
Very good idea to build a list for mother's day. I was thinking of these words as well while reading through the list nurture, encourage, nourish, incubate, suckle, coy, feed, satiate, discipline, victual

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