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Mother's Day Words: What Mothers Do

April 25, 2012
At a loss for an original message to put on your mother's day card? Consult this list of verbs to remember all your mother has done for you.
treasure
"As I pay my respects to them, I think of how young they were, how young I am, how much my mother treasures me, how much their mothers grieve for them. "
"today, tomorrow, 1989," University of British Columbia Blog Squad (June 3, 2011)
nourish
The power of mother's milk. It is unrivaled in its capacity to nourish and protect a newborn.
Seattle PI, August 2, 2004
assist
I prioritise my school work, which I can do because my mother assists me with my businesses at home.
"Enterprising law student finds profit in dog breeding and research," Standard Digital, April 28, 2014
console
"As a mother consoles a child, so I will console you."
--Isaiah, 66:13
protect
A mother protects her sons from Tyhpoon Haiyan
"A mother protects her sons from Tyhpoon Haiyan," CBM
diagnose
"Dr. Stephen Schueler, created a free Web site to help mothers diagnose a child's condition. It can even be used in schools by those who must make health care decisions."
, "Site helps moms with sick kids," KCCI News
encourage
Stressing that the 26-year-old still has “plenty of time to figure everything out,” Tina Dalton, mother of Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton, reportedly encouraged her son Monday to keep his career options open for the next few years.
"Mother Encourages Andy Dalton To Keep Career Options Open," The Onion, Mar 3, 2014
edify
The wise mother edifies her house.
—Proverbs 14:1
mortify
My Mom Mortifies Me!
The Rachel Ray Show, July 14, 2011
cherish
"I hope every baseball mom cherishes the fact that their child can play, whether they are a superstar or not
I am the Baseball Mom I never thought I’d be, Bike the Basin, April 4, 2014
champion
motivate
My mother motivates me. I saw how hard she worked to make life good for me and my two sisters, and still at the age of 52 is working hard.
College Net: What motivates you to pursue your degree?
amaze
"Some people are heroes because they inspire, are loving, giving or compassionate, because they solve problems, or are brave....My mother amazes me in just about every way...I am astounded by the sacrifices she makes and the gifts she gives to make others (especially my family) happy."
Teen Ink
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)
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)
manage
The folding doors and windows in the partition enable one teacher to manage both rooms.
McKeever, William Arch
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)
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)
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)
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)
remind
"Men marry women who remind them of their mothers."
--anonymous
play
But busy mothers don't have to drop all other priorities to play with their children all day. Van Sluijs says just small changes – walking to the park instead of driving or playing a good game of tag instead of a board game – can make a difference.
-- When Mothers Get Moving, Children Are More Active, Too
read
And that is if you develop a keen emotional intelligence, i.e. the ability to read people.
Salon (May 7, 2014)
cook
She said none of them knew how to cook, and none of their parents knew how to cook.
Salon (May 6, 2014)
bandage
Wounds were packed with iodide or salt, the body tightly bandaged and the victim shipped for many miles to wartime hospitals.
BBC (Apr 1, 2014)

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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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