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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His father, a researcher in marine biology, is dead, and his mother, Sally (Draper), has inexplicably married a lunkhead, Ron (Nick Sandow), who faults her on her indulgent parenting. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "‘Stella’s Last Weekend’: Dog brings only grace to ill-conceived family affair," 25 Oct. 2018 For more news on parenting, education and kids events, visit the AJC Kids and Parenting page. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "It’s in a book: 5 best ways to help your early reader," 27 June 2018 While Moses Farrow's defense of Allen is not new, the specificity of his attack on Mia Farrow's parenting is, especially coming from a therapist, and especially when it's aimed at a woman as famous for being a parent as an actress. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Woody Allen's son defends him, says mom Mia Farrow abused all her children," 23 May 2018 The free-range movement is considered a pushback on helicopter parenting -- the idea that kids need to be supervised all the time. Doug Criss, CNN, "Parents in Utah can no longer be prosecuted for 'free range' kids," 28 Mar. 2018 Garrett is set as Douglas, a rich and retired country club member who has an old-school mentality on parenting — and gender roles — who becomes a single father in his 50s and is forced to raise his twin girls solo. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett to Star in ABC Comedy From 'New Girl' Team," 2 Mar. 2018 On parenting as journalists: One thing Ron and I have in common is that a lot of our work involves listening to people’s stories. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "How I Get It Done: Jodi Kantor, Investigative Reporter for the New York Times," 10 Jan. 2018 For example, The Irish Sun reports that a distressed mother turned to the parenting forum Mumsnet to seek advice about what to do with her 6-year-old daughter, who hates her leg hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mom Shares Story of 6-Year-Old Daughter Wanting to Remove Her Body Hair," 1 Oct. 2018 Higher preschool enrollment and changes in parenting styles, including the rise of the empowered child, also might contribute to generational improvements in kids’ ability to delay gratification, Carlson said. Melissa Healy,, "The surprising thing the 'marshmallow test' reveals about kids in an instant-gratification world," 26 June 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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