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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parent.
2. Genetics Of or designating the generation of organisms from which hybrid offspring are produced.

pa·ren′tal·ly adv.


adjective Referring to a parent or parenting.


emanating from or pertaining to a parent.

parental aggression
in agricultural animals observed only in sows. See farrowing hysteria.

Patient discussion about parental

Q. I’m with depression. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it? I’m with depression. And I seem to be depressed only when I spend an extended amount of time with family and then I leave them. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it?

A. Sounds like you are missing home. Call them up and yack on the phone some. Its part of life to have to be out on your own and everyone usually misses home. Its good you have one to go back to. But you can decide to try and make some roots right where you are. You can't really live your life in two places at once. The advice I was given by a very spiritual person I used to talk to alot was that you have to bloom where you are planted. Make the best of where you are at and quit worrying about how it could be somewhere else. Try and make some friends and get involved in something where you are at. Get put and explore around and see what happens.

Q. Are there any special forums for parents to kids with cancer? I think my sister could really use that kind of support group of people who are going through the exact same thing they never dreamed to be.

A. But how should I tell her to go there? she acts like she doesn't need help. she says she isn't the one who needs treatment and she wouldn't want to waste time and energy on herself now- only on the kid. How do I convince her it's important?

Q. why is it that some women lack parental nutrition?

A. Do you mean breastfeeding? Some women have problem with their nipples, in rare cases the breast tissue isn't developed enough. Sometimes breast surgeries damage the milk ducts. Psychological factors also play a role.

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As adolescents (before age 13 years) these patient's stay out at night despite parental prohibition, often run away and do not return for a lengthy period.
4 The incidence of parental separation may result in shame, low social skill and even make them miss school, do poorly academically and take part in disruptive behaviors.
Parents can take their shared parental leave at the same time, or they can take it consecutively, so long as the total time does not exceed what is jointly available to the couple.
Secure parental attachment leads to betterment in different life domain and self-efficacy.
Research on parental approval of drinking has generally focused on adolescents that are high school age and younger (Boyle & Boekeloo, 2006).
The bill also provides for 'flexible work schedule' for an employee with parental responsibility, 'provided that the same shall not affect individual and company productivity.
Schumeister explained that the enhanced parental leave policy lets members of the firm more easily transition into parenthood and balance the many demands of being a working parent.
While a superficial review of the law on adolescent reproduction suggests conflict and incoherence, a closer look at the reality of minor parents' parental rights unmasks a perverse coherence to the law.
Ordinary leave entitlements include three days' paid leave per month, up to two hours paid leave per day and an extension of the optional six-month parental leave until the child is three.
Department of Education, 2001), "the participation of parents in regular, two-ways and meaningful communication involving academic learning and other school activities is called parental involvement", endorsing:

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