par·​ent·​ing | \ ˈper-ən-tiŋ How to pronounce parenting (audio) \

Definition of parenting

1 : the raising of a child by its parents
2 : the act or process of becoming a parent
3 : the taking care of someone in the manner of a parent

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Examples of parenting in a Sentence

They share the responsibilities of parenting. as the big day approaches, the expectant couple are starting to get worried about their fitness for parenting
Recent Examples on the Web His mother became an assistant at Reader’s Digest and at a bank and had little time for parenting. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that keeping kids entertained is the name of the parenting game. Deena Campbell, Essence, 28 May 2021 Ever the elder sibling, Kevin explained his logic for likening the incident to the relatable parenting moment. Janine Puhak,, 27 May 2021 Upbringing also matters: Scholars have found that nurturing parenting styles lead to openness in children, while authoritarian styles lead to the opposite. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 While the main whodunnit mystery is engaging enough on its own to inspire theories and discourse, the real appeal of the series is Mare's emotional issues, her family issues, her love life issues, her parenting issues... Sydney Bucksbaum,, 27 May 2021 Kyl Myers, Utah sociologist who's an expert on gender creative parenting, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2021 London approaches the day with intention: prayer, meditation, tea, reading, parenting. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 Legislation priorities often stem from lived experience, and working parents who've been elected to office naturally come to the job with different perspectives and priorities than their colleagues without parenting responsibilities. Erin Spencer, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of parenting

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of parenting was in 1918

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3 Jun 2021

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“Parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parenting

: the process of taking care of children until they are old enough to take care of themselves : the things that parents do to raise a child


par·​ent·​ing | \ ˈpar-ənt-iŋ, ˈper- How to pronounce parenting (audio) \

Medical Definition of parenting

: the raising of a child by its parents

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