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

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The Oaks Family Care Center will be there to parents learn parenting skills and Jazzercise will emphasize the benefits of exercise. Sam Boyer,, "Families invited to health and wellness fair," 26 June 2019 Participants also work with facilitators who give individualized feedback on strengthening their parenting skills. Sophia Eppolito,, "Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office expands incarcerated fathers counseling program," 16 June 2019 However, internet trolls recently attacked Jessie for the way her daughter looked—and then questioned her parenting skills because of it. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Country Star Jessie James Decker Is Getting Shamed Online for This Photo of Her Daughter," 12 July 2018 The other issue besides jealousy that I get asked about a lot is parenting. Arielle Greenberg, The Cut, "My Boyfriend, My Husband, and Me," 14 June 2018 Reality: Whether a snake delivers live babies or eggs, their parenting skills leave a lot to be desired. Shelia Poole, ajc, "7 most common myths about snakes," 5 June 2018 Most parenting skills can be measured with a stop watch or a tape measure, although there's still some room for artistic flair. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Parenting Olympics would judge you with cold, hard numbers," 4 Apr. 2018 When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry opt to not debut the newest royal baby on the hospital steps, as has been tradition for this generation of royal babies, some said the choice reflected a new and refreshing era in royal parenting. Glamour, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Sussex Debut Dress Shocked Me as a Fellow New Mom," 8 May 2019 Charles DeLisi, Metcalf professor of science and engineering, Boston University Ruth Margalit wrote about Harvey Karp, the parenting expert who popularized swaddling, and his new robotic bassinet. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 4.22.18 Issue," 4 May 2018

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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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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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