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[ pair-uhnt-hood, par- ]


  1. the state, position, or relation of a parent.

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  • non·parent·hood noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of parenthood1

First recorded in 1855–60; parent + -hood

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Example Sentences

From financial contracts to mental-health services, housing to parenthood, institutions find ways large and small to stack the deck against LGBTQ people.

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When Liz died, he began using that space to share his heartbreak and open up about his struggles with parenthood.

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This delay in parenthood is the price of economic hardship, a pandemic, and political agonies across the globe.

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While we were both heartbroken by the situation, the potential consequences of her traveling to meet her only granddaughter were too great, so — to date — I have undertaken the first 10 months of parenthood without her by my side.

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I didn’t expect new parenthood to be easy, but I thought I would have my mom here to help.

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Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, describes abortion as “very safe.”

Camille Hammond, CEO of Tinina Q Cade Foundation, said simply that the pathways to parenthood are different.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told her unapologetic story last month in Elle.

Exacerbating this is the fact that many doctors caring for women at Planned Parenthood often run private practices as well.

Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federal of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Admittedly, parenthood, if it is not to end in disaster or the fear of disaster, is a great responsibility.

Its literary parenthood begins before the closing of the theatres and continues even to our own day.

But parenthood, as Thyrsis found, meant more than charming baby-prattle and the counting of teeth.

Some of the best male and female stock refusing marriage and parenthood.

I have no feeling of being a traitor to my sex, when I say that I believe in at least a rough equality of parenthood.


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More About Parenthood

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



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Parenthood is usually thought to end when a parent’s child is an adult.