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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My unexpected lone-parenting has given me a new appreciation for my single mom and the relentlessness that was her day-in-day-out. Nicola Prentis, Good Housekeeping, "To My Single Mom: You Had It Way Harder Than I Realized Growing Up," 26 Mar. 2019 There was no doubt in our minds that, given Andy's parenting skills, Opie would be raised right. Southern Living, "25 Things Only A Southern Dad Says," 14 May 2018 Ideally, the goal of the visit is to improve parenting skills to reduce stress on the family, and that can be easier to convey in a space that looks like the family home. The Republic |, "Worker tied up, child abducted: Here are safeguards for supervised parental visits," 10 May 2018 Throughout the videos, the longtime friends chat about topics like parenting and their own childhoods while Ingraham prepares meals and drinks. Madison Roberts,, "See Inside Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's Home Kitchen—Where They 'Absolutely' Do Not Cook," 21 June 2018 Volunteers and officials with Ohio State University Extension provide parenting and family education classes. John Caniglia,, "Parenting in prison: Ohio nursery offers inmate moms, children a chance to bond," 4 Mar. 2018 For our family, the Echo has evolved into a tool that helps handle everyday parenting jobs—like managing screen time—as well as more complex ones like giving the children a hand with homework and helping put them to... Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "A Voice Assistant Has Become My Co-Parent," 29 Mar. 2019 Not all examples of helicopter parenting result in jail time, but its detrimental impacts are long-lasting. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Helicopter Parenting Is Usually More Subtle Than Paying for Kids to Get Into School," 22 Mar. 2019 But, some people will say, holidays to celebrate parents are fine because parenting takes work. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Should Celebrate Valentine's Day—Even If You Don't Want To," 13 Feb. 2019

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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- How to pronounce parenting (audio) \

Medical Definition of parenting

: the raising of a child by its parents

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