Nurturant Parent Model

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The Nurturing Parent - as opposed to the Strict Father Model is one of a pair of fundamental set of metaphors described by George Lakoff. The key assumptions include:

  • Children should be cared for, by parents of either gender.
  • Children should be modelled empathy and nurture so that they can nurture others.
  • Fairness is essential value.

In his 1996 book, George Lakoff explains how the language of the Nurturant Parent is used by the US politicians,

complements efforts such as the organised drive to teach [[Economic literacy].