par·​ent·​hood | \ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of parenthood 

: the state of being a parent specifically : the position, function, or standing of a parent

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parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment

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On top of all that, everyone's fertility, pregnancy, and parenthood journey is different and equally valid and special. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Gabrielle Union on What It’s Like to Have a Baby After Multiple Miscarriages," 3 Dec. 2018 Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams vs. Evgeniya Rodina: Mom vs. Mom," 8 July 2018 So consider this your map for the zig-zagging path to parenthood. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Having a Baby," 1 Oct. 2018 Underwood shares the fun moments that make parenthood worth it, too, like when Isaiah gets a little too into eating, cuddles up with the family dog, or paints a rather abstract image of her hair. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "What Carrie Underwood Is Really Like as a Mom," 8 Aug. 2018 Young people have record student debt, many graduated in a recession and many can’t afford homes — all as parenthood has become more expensive. Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'Gag clauses' mean you might be paying more for prescription drugs than you need to," 5 July 2018 Robert and Kym Johnson Herjavec Welcome Twins Her new method of balancing work and motherhood isn’t the first time Johnson Herjavec has been candid about the changes new parenthood brings. Jen Juneau,, "Kym Johnson Herjavec Shows Off Her 'New Office' — Featuring a Couch, a Dog and Her Twins!," 21 June 2018 The story of how the two of them came to be in the United States involves years of difficult single parenthood in Guatemala, with both economic setbacks and threats of violence from the rising lawlessness in her community. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala," 17 June 2018 Collette is fabulous throughout, giving an intense performance of the guilt, grief, anger, and abiding love that come with parenthood. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parenthood was in 1853

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English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

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