par·​ent·​ing | \ˈper-ən-tiŋ \

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

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Unlike many of these works, Hereditary takes seriously the messy, often taboo feelings about parenting that many moms experience. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 The first film was about parenting, and so is this one. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Incredibles 2 is a fun sequel with a lot to say. Maybe too much.," 11 June 2018 Boundaries of family and friendship expand in this thought-provoking read, revealing universal truths about parenting. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of May: the Monitor's picks," 9 May 2018 In a 2015 Pew survey, 57% of men said that parenting was extremely important to their identities, almost exactly the same response as mothers (58%). Lauren Weber, WSJ, "What About the Costs of Working Fatherhood, Readers Ask," 4 July 2018 Both Michael and Janet went on the record to say that their father's harsh parenting and management style was both a source of trauma and the reason for their monumental success., "Before Matthew Knowles, There Was Joe Jackson," 27 June 2018 In Yakuza 6, parenting isn’t quite so tightly woven into the fabric of the experience. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "God of War and Yakuza 6 show how games can tell great stories about parents," 20 Apr. 2018 The family plot is an opportunity for Maron to play Sam as an abrasive, gruff, good-hearted dad with an unconventional but perceptive parenting style. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Marc Maron Is Great in GLOW, and Maybe That’s a Problem," 29 June 2018 Others, however, are pointing out the difficulties of parenting today. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Teacher Writes Controversial Post Urging Parents to Be "More Involved"," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of parenting

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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- \

Medical Definition of parenting 

: the raising of a child by its parents

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