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parenthood

[ pair-uhnt-hood, par- ]
/ ˈpɛər əntˌhʊd, ˈpær- /
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noun
the state, position, or relation of a parent.

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Origin of parenthood

First recorded in 1855–60; parent + -hood

OTHER WORDS FROM parenthood

non·par·ent·hood, noun
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What does parenthood mean?

Parenthood is the state of being a parent.

A person enters parenthood when they become a parent. This most commonly happens when their child is born, but it can also happen through adoption or by marrying or becoming a partner to someone with children.

The terms motherhood and fatherhood are gender-specific versions of parenthood.

The related noun parenting can mean the same thing as parenthood, but it more commonly refers to the process of raising children or the methods and techniques used to do so, as in I didn’t know anything about parenting before I entered parenthood.

Example: People who have not experienced parenthood probably shouldn’t be so quick to criticize how other people parent their children.

Where does parenthood come from?

The first records of the word parenthood come from the 1850s. The suffix -hood indicates a state or condition—in this case, the state of being a parent. It’s used in the same way in words like motherhood, fatherhood, adulthood, and childhood.

Unlike adulthood, the start of parenthood is very definite—it begins when a person becomes a parent. After that, most parents consider parenthood to be a permanent state that lasts even after their children have grown up. In other words, once you become a parent, you never stop being one. Parenthood is usually considered very challenging due to all the difficulties of raising children, but it’s usually also considered very rewarding. It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love, as the saying goes.

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  • nonparenthood (noun)

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How is parenthood used in real life?

The word parenthood is often associated with the many challenges that it involves.

 

 

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