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 Get all sides of the parenting story at Motherwell and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. TheWeek, "Why parents should let their children help," 2 July 2020 People are often sitting at their desks for hours on Zoom calls or trading off work and parenting duties. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business," 22 June 2020 In the realm of animal parenting, dads don’t get as much love as moms. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "See heartwarming moments between animal dads and their babies," 19 June 2020 For those who haven’t tripped and want to understand the experience, or those who want to relive past trips without having to fit new six-to-ten-hour journeys into their adult work and parenting schedules, this reading list is for you. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List," 29 Apr. 2011 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

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 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) \

Medical Definition of parenting

: the raising of a child by its parents

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