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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Examples of parenthood in a Sentence

parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment

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Jack Osbourne is all about a structured approach to parenthood. Jen Juneau,, "Jack Osbourne on Co-Parenting and How He's Raising His Kids Differently: I'm 'More Structured'," 27 June 2018 Listening to Deborah and Jake talk about their purposeful journey to parenthood was inspiring for me. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 Not to mention that doing anything about parenthood other than daydreaming seems irresponsible. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "The Rise of Egg Freezing as a Fertility Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 Princess Kate often makes relatable, candid comments about parenthood. Maura Hohman,, "Kate Middleton Spoke for Every Mom with This Off-the-Cuff Comment to the Archbishop," 9 July 2018 At the start of this season of The Big Bang Theory, executive producer Steve Holland told that the writers were working on an episode about the challenges of parenthood. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 7 Recap: Bernadette Hides From Her Kids," 1 Nov. 2018 There are also adorable moments of parenthood between Rudd and Abby Ryder Fortson (who plays Lang's daughter, Cassie). David Betancourt,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is pretty much exactly like the first movie, and that's a good thing," 2 July 2018 Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something goeey. Gina Martinez, Time, "This Picture of Geoffrey the Giraffe Waving Goodbye Is Upsetting Lots of Toys 'R' Us Kids," 29 June 2018 The description goes on to say the family will navigate parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Yvonne Villarreal,, "ABC greenlights 'Roseanne' spinoff without Roseanne Barr," 22 June 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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