Words and Idioms about Mothers and Parenting

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Happy Mother’s Day! Here are 20 words and expressions about mothers and parenting.

  1. a mother has eyes in the back of her head – a mother knows what her children are doing even when she can’t see them
  2. a tiger mother – a strict and demanding mother
  3. everyone and his mother – lots of people
  4. like mother, like daughter – daughters often behave like their mothers did before them
  5. mama’s boy – a boy or man who is easily influenced by his mother
  6. Mother Goose – a fictitious collector of nursery rhymes from the eighteenth century
  7. mother hen – someone who fusses over others in a maternal way
  8. mother house – the principle house in a religious order
  9. Mother Nature – the personification of nature
  10. Mother of God – the Virgin Mary
  11. mother’s milk – something necessary and important
  12. mother’s ruin – gin
  13. mothercraft – skills related to the care of children
  14. ‘Mum’s the word!’ – ‘Say nothing!’
  15. necessity is the mother of invention – when the need for something is crucial, one will find ways of creating, finding or achieving it
  16. the mother of all (something) – the largest/most extreme of something
  17. tied to his mother’s apron strings – attached and dependent on his mother
  18. to keep mum – to keep quiet about something
  19. to learn something at your mother’s knee – to learn something at an early age
  20. a face only a mother could love – an ugly face

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out our other articles about idioms?

24 Mar 2017
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