par·​ent·​hood | \ ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce parenthood (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web In many ways, the challenges of maintaining friendships during parenthood are common to both introverts and extroverts. Washington Post, "Why parents — especially new parents — need to nurture their friendships," 8 July 2020 Meanwhile, the widespread availability of birth control gives couples more agency in electing to postpone parenthood. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Boomerang Generation Has Settled In," 3 July 2020 Despite his inauspicious circumstances, Victor’s story illustrates the value of stepping in to help fathers who need assistance adjusting to parenthood and learning how to work things out with their partners. Paul Florsheim And David Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: It's time to help men become fathers by giving them the prenatal care they need," 18 June 2020 But the circumstances of parenthood have often thwarted that drive, in a way that would be familiar to many mothers. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The choices working parents make now will shape the future for women," 21 May 2020 The two mothers, both spokespeople for Pampers' new #ShareTheLove campaign that celebrates moms, sat down for a discussion about parenthood moderated by Alexandra Sacks, MD, a reproductive psychiatrist. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Chrissy Teigen & Shay Mitchell Are Into Intuitive Parenting," 21 Feb. 2020 Agassi soon excuses himself, and Djokovic begins speaking about parenthood. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "For Novak Djokovic, the Goal Is Still Titles, but ‘More Than That’," 25 Jan. 2020 Axelle/Bauer-GriffinGetty Images Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to keep things extremely real about parenthood. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Kept it Real on Twitter With a Hilarious Outtake of Daughter Luna," 24 Sep. 2019 Those few hours on the blacktop or hardwood are often an important release for people juggling the demands of work and parenthood. Connor Letourneau,, "SF’s Miraloma among storied playground hoops hotspots idled by coronavirus," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2020

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“Parenthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

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