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What does childrearing mean?
Childrearing is the raising or parenting of a child or children.
The verb rear means to take care of, support, and raise until maturity. To rear children is to raise them. The word rearing can be used as a noun, as in the rearing of livestock.
Childrearing refers to the overall process and effort involved with raising children, including the basics, like feeding them and keeping them healthy, as well as other aspects of nurturing them and teaching them how to behave.
Childrearing can also be used as an adjective describing such activities, as in When my wife travels for work, I have to take care of all the childrearing responsibilities.
The term childrearing can sound somewhat old-fashioned. It’s much more common to say raising children or raising kids or parenting.
Example: They say that childrearing is the hardest job you’ll ever love.
Where does childrearing come from?
The first records of the word childrearing come from the 1840s. The first records of the word rear as a verb meaning “to take care of” come from before 900. It comes from the Old English rǣran, meaning “to raise.”
When it comes to raising their kids, parents have different approaches to childrearing. But parents aren’t the only ones who perform childrearing—it’s the responsibility of anyone who’s raising a child, whether they’re a grandparent or other guardian. Older siblings are often involved in childrearing, too.
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What are some other forms related to childrearing?
- child-rearing (alternate spelling)
- child rearing (alternate spelling)
What are some synonyms for childrearing?
- raising children
- raising kids
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How is childrearing used in real life?
Childrearing is more formal than terms like raising kids and parenting.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 7, 2015
Many Chinese women of reproductive age cite the expense of childrearing and career priorities as the reason they're delaying childbirth or not pursuing larger families. Others like @DavidFeng are worried about China's uncertain future. https://t.co/mLtRV9u68S (4/12)
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 5, 2019
Many fathers are eager to take on a greater share of childrearing responsibilities & it's time that men's restrooms be equipped with changing tables: https://t.co/1tRdMHrf9N #SquatForChange pic.twitter.com/F2Dx1NV3j3
— The Root (@TheRoot) October 10, 2018
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Is childrearing used correctly in the following sentence?
For new parents, childrearing responsibilities can be overwhelming.
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Still, as Oster’s kids got older—they’re now 7 and 11—she kept researching childrearing queries and pursuing commercial writing.Emily Oster Still Thinks Data Can Help Ease (Some) Parental Anxiety|Eliana Dockterman|July 26, 2022|Time
Parents also began receiving the money in monthly installments, rather than as a lump sum during tax return season, which allowed them to pay for childrearing expenses as they arose rather than once a year.Happy Holidays, Parents. The Senate's Gift to You Might Be a Missing $250 Check in January|Abby Vesoulis|December 9, 2021|Time
In the 1970s and 1980s, women’s groups launched Mother’s Day political campaigns advocating for access to childcare, equal rights for mothers and the social and economic value of childrearing.Too Many Moms Can't Afford Diapers for Their Kids. On Mother's Day, We Must Remember Their Need|Jennifer Randles|May 6, 2021|Time
But scientific studies often come into conflict with religion—from the origins of the universe down to childrearing.Creflo Dollar’s Problematic Corporal-Punishment Defense|Mansfield Frazier|June 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Childrearing habits aside, where to begin curing our collective delusion?
Of course, not everyone can get away with the attitude that everyday childrearing is beneath them.