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
Recent Examples on the Web But never before have so many fathers spent so much time deep in the parenting trenches. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Fatherhood and the pandemic: How men are stepping up with child care," 19 June 2020 In the new interview, McConaughey also spoke candidly about his own parenting ethos, and the advice is both reflective and practical. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Matthew McConaughey Shares His Best Parenting Advice," 18 June 2020 On the other side of the parenting spectrum, Stars goalie Ben Bishop welcomed his second son into the world over the weekend. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "A tale of two pandemic pregnancy stories for Ben Bishop, ex-Star Jordie Benn, and their significant others," 16 June 2020 Roen Chiriboga, a wellness and parenting coach in Troy, Michigan, contributed to this article. David Rosenberg, The Conversation, "Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?," 15 June 2020 Anna Nordberg is a freelance journalist in San Francisco who focuses on parenting and culture. Anna Nordberg,, "Bay Area notables on the joy of cooking what you know in the time of coronavirus," 12 June 2020 The sneakiness is not an indictment of your parenting nor his interior moral code, so try not to go down a rabbit hole. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "A tween broke the family social media rules. What’s a parent to do?," 10 June 2020 Kaine wanted a mental health evaluation of Terri Moulton Horman before allowing her parenting time with their young daughter. oregonlive, "Kyron Horman, missing 10 years: A timeline," 4 June 2020 Parenting amid the coronavirus: After nearly three months of staying home during the pandemic, parenting feels like a battle these days. cleveland, "Nearly all 99 people arrested in Saturday riots are from Northeast Ohio: The Wake Up for Tuesday, June 2, 2020," 2 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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: the raising of a child by its parents

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