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The providing of loving care and attention.

nur′tur·ant adj.
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(Psychology) psychol relating to the fact of taking care of or nurturing, or the ability to do so, in both a physical and emotional manner
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Adj.1.nurturant - providing physical and emotional care and nourishment
compassionate - showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
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It is also the discourse of maternal destiny in which a real woman it a mother, or one who acts like a mother, or more specifically, like the self-sacrificing, nurturant, and care-taking mothers women are supposed to be.
In a study of child-rearing in a San Francisco ghetto, one researcher found that the "comparatively nurturant childhood pattern .
The babies in question are rhesus monkeys, and it appears that a highly nurturing, attentive mother can bring them out of their shells and encourage normal exploration and play behavior.' "It seems that the behavior of at-risk animals can be modified over the first year of life by a highly nurturant mother,' said psychologist Stephen J.
Evidence shows that cultural ideals influence how fathers perceive and attempt to enact their role as fathers, such that the "new nurturant father" should be active, involved, and responsive in all aspects of child care (Lamb, 2000).
Though Mara's daughter tells him they have finally ended "happily ever after" and though Griot points out that together they have developed a stable and nurturant polity--Tundra, which provides for everyone--there are rumors from the south of starving hordes who might invade.
As a cognitive scientist, I've found in my research that these political worldviews can be understood as opposing models of an ideal family--a strict father family and a nurturant parent family.
By the nineteenth century, the now stereotypical figure of the "feminized" Jewish man had become, in the minds of many Jews, a roadblock to assimilation; a successful effort (joined by Freud and Theodor Herzl, among others) was made to discredit the once-privileged model of a gentler, more nurturant masculinity as either the pathological product of the Diaspora or a figment of the anti-Semitic imagination.
Chief among these changes is the increased expectation that fathers should be more nurturant, more loving, and more involved in the raising of their children than fathers previously were (Backett, 1987; Lamb, 1986; Marsiglio, 1995; Pleck, 1987).
Research has highlighted the influence of nurturant and competent fathering on sex role development.
Female doctors could claim that their careers were natural extensions of women's nurturant, healing role in the home and that they protected feminine modesty by ministering to members of their own sex.