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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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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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 Mean Girls was based on a parenting book called Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, and Other Realities of Adolescence. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "15 Shocking Things You Never Knew About "Mean Girls"," 7 July 2015 The co-parenting even includes the couples vacationing together. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Come sit at Jada Pinkett-Smith's red table for some testifying, transparency and healing | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 June 2018 The study controlled for how competent fathers were, for co-parenting support, and for how difficult the baby was at 3 months old. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Moms, Here’s How You Can Help Dads Bond With Your Babies," 13 June 2018 Some of this yearning can be attributed to the period: Summerfield’s novel is set in the 1980s, a time when co-parenting wasn’t yet really a concept. Dean Bakopoulos, New York Times, "A Debut Novel Sees Divorce Through the Eyes of a Child," 11 May 2018 Granted, attitudes are difficult to transform, and government and schools can never take the place of good parenting. Anchorage Daily News, "I enjoy and respect guns. That’s why I want them to be properly regulated.," 27 Feb. 2018 Clarkson opened up about how tough parenting is while promoting The Voice during a Television Critics Association event. Megan Friedman, Cosmopolitan, "Kelly Clarkson Says “Wine Is Necessary” as a Mom," 10 Jan. 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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