parenting

[pair-uhn-ting, par-]
noun
1.
the rearing of children: The schedule allows her very little time for parenting.
2.
the methods, techniques, etc., used or required in the rearing of children: a course in parenting.
3.
the state of being a parent; parenthood.
adjective
4.
of or concerned with the rearing of children: good parenting skills.

Origin:
1955–60; parent + -ing1


Parenting has come to be favored over parenthood, rearing, and bringing up in sociological and educational literature and in popular writing.
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parent

[pair-uhnt, par-]
noun
1.
a father or a mother.
2.
an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
3.
a source, origin, or cause.
4.
a protector or guardian.
5.
Biology. any organism that produces or generates another.
6.
Physics. the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
adjective
7.
being the original source: a parent organization.
8.
Biology. pertaining to an organism, cell, or complex molecular structure that generates or produces another: parent cell; parent DNA.
verb (used with object)
9.
to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin parent- (stem of parēns), noun use of present participle of parere to bring forth, breed

parentless, adjective
parentlike, adjective
nonparent, noun
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parent (ˈpɛərənt)
 
n
1.  a father or mother
2.  a person acting as a father or mother; guardian
3.  rare an ancestor
4.  a source or cause
5.  a.  an organism or organization that has produced one or more organisms or organizations similar to itself
 b.  (as modifier): a parent organism
6.  physics, chem
 a.  a precursor, such as a nucleus or compound, of a derived entity
 b.  (as modifier): a parent nucleus; a parent ion
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin parens parent, from parere to bring forth]
 
'parenthood
 
n

parenting (ˈpɛərəntɪŋ)
 
n
the care and upbringing of a child

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parent
1185, from O.Fr. parent (11c.), from L. parentem (nom. parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of prp. of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE base *per- "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500. The verb is attested from
1663. The verbal noun parenting is first recorded 1959 (earlier term had been parentcraft, 1930).
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parent par·ent (pâr'ənt, pār'-)
n.

  1. One who begets, gives birth to, or nurtures and raises a child; a father or a mother.

  2. An ancestor; a progenitor.

  3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.

v. par·ent·ed, par·ent·ing, par·ents
  1. To act as a parent to; to rear and nurture.

  2. To cause to come into existence; to serve as a source for; originate.

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Example sentences
Parenting styles have been and always will be a subject of hot debate.
We need to have social policy that makes parenting the responsibility of both
  parents, and that gives them help.
Harried moms, make time for one more thing: a new book club to discuss
  parenting books.
Two-career couples and single moms have little spare time for parenting.
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