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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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 This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America. Lynette Rice,, "Roseanne Barr has agreed to do an interview with… herself," 10 July 2018 This plays out in all arenas: romance, beefs, parenthood. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Literally over their heads, on a bluff where houses sell for $10 million, live entrepreneur Mitchell and haute jewelry designer Adrienne, whom parenthood has simply thrown for a loop. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In Cry It Out, four new parents learn what to expect when they're no longer expecting," 23 May 2018 Planned parenthood has the highest unfavorable numbers among Republicans (60%), Donald Trump voters (59%), and white Evangelicals (57%). Grace Sparks, CNN, "A majority supports abortion rights, but paying for them is tricky," 18 May 2018 And there is no denying the close connection between single parenthood and child poverty in America. Isabel Sawhill, National Review, "Sorry, NYT: For Child Poverty, Family Structure Still Matters," 13 Feb. 2018 But then came soccer—late, as with many Gen-Xers, but suddenly, and strangely, through parenthood. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

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