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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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 In Emerson’s research, a 15-minute self-compassion writing exercise helped parents (about 83 percent of whom were women) release their guilt and enhance their ability to deal with the challenges of parenting. Amy Paturel, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Kobe and Emily have disagreed over various aspects of parenting before — notably how long Emily should breastfeed their son. Kelly Wynne,, 11 July 2022 Today’s James Brown and Music Journalist Saby Reyes-Kulkarni sat down to discuss the ups and downs, hopes and fears and expectations versus reality of parenting; including becoming a father after 40. James Brown, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 Nor is this story a diatribe about privileged parenting in America. Elizabeth Macbride, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Parents trusted predatory or violent schoolteachers and priests, and were happy to outsource a fair amount of the parenting: a dog’s obeyed in office, as mad King Lear has it. James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Kajlich’s character, Millie, is hard-working and tough and has done the bulk of parenting in her family for the past 15 years. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2022 Ryan Reynolds praised Blake Lively's parenting amid the COVID-19 pandemic in a new interview. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 20 July 2021 Kristen Bell is a firm believer that parenting takes a village — plus a little help from Paw Patrol. Angela Andaloro,, 28 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parenting

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Aug 2022

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“Parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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