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    den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Bo is willing to be a den mother, room mother, block mother.

    What does it mean of :

    1. den mother
    2. room mother
    3. block mother.
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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Context? It presumably refers to some matriarchal social organization, with the hierarchy
    block mother
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    house mother[, house mother...]
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    den mother[, den mother...]

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    A "den mother" is the leader of a troop of Cub Scouts.

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    - but where do 'house' and 'block' fit in? We had 'dens' when I was a Cub (we were Wolf Cubs then, which explains the 'den'). but... (I think the old hierarchy was den < troop < district, but I've no up-to-date info about Cub Scouts.

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A "den mother" is the leader of a troop of Cub Scouts.
    I'd never heard that before. In the UK that person, the cub scout leader, is called Akela.
    The Jungle Book and Scouting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    I've heard "den mother" used in the context of incarceration. An imprisoned woman was called a den mother, because she took care of other prisoners.

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Den mother - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    I think the prison meaning derives from the Cub Scout meaning.

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Perhaps if Ju gave us a little context, we could figure out exactly what den mother and the other two expressions mean.
    Where did you find this sentence, Ju? What is the passage/story/article about? Are the three expressions related?

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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Perhaps if Ju gave us a little context, we could figure out exactly what den mother and the other two expressions mean.
    Where did you find this sentence, Ju? What is the passage/story/article about? Are the three expressions related?
    It's a funny advertisement implying what a mom will face while the kids are between 6-12 years of age.

    "Good opportunity
    For expert in recreation, camping, Indian arts, all sports. Should be able to referee. Must be willling to be den mother, room mother, block mother. Public relations skills essential. Should be able to deal effectively with teacher.?


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    Re: den mother, room mother, block mother.

    She needs to be capable of carrying out several overlapping roles.

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