- the work or skill of a mother in raising a child or children
- motherly attention or care, esp. when regarded as fussy or overprotective
- Present participle of mother.
- The nurturing of a child by its mother
- The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child
- Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother
- 1894 March 1894, Volume 21, Part 1, Mary B. Merrill, “Mothering Sunday", St. Nicholas: a monthly magazine for boys and girls, page 388:"Š
- "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday in Lent, when absent sons and daughters "” particularly the young apprentices "” would return to their homes with some little present for both parents, but more especially for the mother. ...Imagine the ... pride of the mother in the simple gift, and the admiration of the small brothers and sisters who gathered around and longed for the time when they also would be out in the great unknown world and could come "a-mothering."