parental quality

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Noun1.parental quality - a quality appropriate to a parent
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
maternal quality, maternalism, motherliness, maternity - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
fatherliness, paternal quality - the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father; "the gentleness and fatherliness of the strange old man eased her fears"
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There can sometimes be a parental quality to the relationship between director and dancer, as life within a ballet company is very familial.
I realise vengeance is not an admirable parental quality but I'm looking forward to those teenage years when they want a lie in and I need to do the hoovering.
Parental quality of life and recurrent ENT infections in their children: development of a questionnaire.
The impact of childhood acute otitis media on parental quality of life in a prospective observational cohort study.
Parental quality and egg size affect chick survival in a precocial bird, the lapwing Vanellus vanellus.
We measured quality of life issues for both children and their parents on the premise that parental quality of life should be an aspect of cost-effectiveness in otitis media treatment.
In measuring the latter, we removed the potentially confounding effects (1) between parental quality and egg quality and (2) between increased egg production and parental condition, using a cross-fostering protocol in which eggs were reared by control parents.
Since the higher-investing sex (often females) is likely to exhibit greater variation in parental quality, one might expect the benefits of choice to be greater for the opposite sex, which contributes less to parental care (Parker 1983; Deutsch and Reynolds 1995).
Two common criticisms are: (1) that egg size can vary within as well as among clutches, making it difficult to distinguish between these two sources of variation, and (2) that parental quality might have an overriding influence on both egg size and offspring fitness.
This is because territory and parental quality are, on average, similar between parents with the same original laying date.
In an experiment with Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) Reid and Boersma (1990) demonstrated that egg size had only a small effect on nestling growth, whereas parental quality had a large effect.