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1. An individual that has produced at least one offspring through sexual reproduction.
2. Any source or basis, as for the elaboration of a substance.
[L. parens, fr. pario, to bring forth]
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(pâr′ənt, păr′-)
a. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
b. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
c. A person who adopts a child.
d. A person who raises a child.
2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
v. par·ented, par·enting, par·ents

par′ent·hood′ n.
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Vox populi A person who has produced one or more offspring from a sexual union. See Adoptive parent, Fertile adoptive parent, Foster parent, Genetic parent, Grandparent, Psychological parent, Real parent, Step-parent, Surrogate parent, Unwed parent.
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Q. I’m with depression. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it? I’m with depression. And I seem to be depressed only when I spend an extended amount of time with family and then I leave them. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it?

A. Sounds like you are missing home. Call them up and yack on the phone some. Its part of life to have to be out on your own and everyone usually misses home. Its good you have one to go back to. But you can decide to try and make some roots right where you are. You can't really live your life in two places at once. The advice I was given by a very spiritual person I used to talk to alot was that you have to bloom where you are planted. Make the best of where you are at and quit worrying about how it could be somewhere else. Try and make some friends and get involved in something where you are at. Get put and explore around and see what happens.

Q. Are there any special forums for parents to kids with cancer? I think my sister could really use that kind of support group of people who are going through the exact same thing they never dreamed to be.

A. But how should I tell her to go there? she acts like she doesn't need help. she says she isn't the one who needs treatment and she wouldn't want to waste time and energy on herself now- only on the kid. How do I convince her it's important?

Q. why is it that some women lack parental nutrition?

A. Do you mean breastfeeding? Some women have problem with their nipples, in rare cases the breast tissue isn't developed enough. Sometimes breast surgeries damage the milk ducts. Psychological factors also play a role.

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In ruling, the appellate court relied on the Minnesota Parenting Act, which provides a statutory framework for determining parentage. Broadly defined, that act defines the parent-child relationship, describes certain presumptions of paternity, and sets forth the procedure for bringing an action in district court to determine the father-child relationship, as well as the mother-child relationship.
"Like many laws, the original Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 had become outdated and not relevant with shifts in cultural and family dynamics," says Hurley.
"Ten percent doesn't sound like much, but when you're at a dog show with 1,000 dogs, 10 percent incorrect parentage means a three-generation pedigree certificate will have up to 400 incorrectly identified grandparents" said George Sofronidis, managing director at Orivet.
But even if this new modern scientific method appears to be more reliable and definite to determine who is the real parent of the child, can the conventional method be still used and relied upon in determining parentage? If so, what is the proper remedy that should be filed in court?
The trope of a character finding out their parentage is not what they always thought can be overdone; however, the author brings much sentiment to Jules's plight.--Tom Malinowski.
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Granville, the "demographic changes of the past century make it difficult to speak of an average American family." (1) It is likewise difficult to speak of a typical parentage rule or a typical role for constitutional parental rights.
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The Court noted that, all that was asked of the set was to make a reasonable interpretation of the law while considering the private respondent's established personal circumstances; thus, it could not have asked private respondent to do what was impossible-establishing her parentage, when the controversy before the SET arose precisely from the fact that private respondent's parentage was unknown and has remained so throughout her life,' high court's Information Chief Atty.
Exploring the status of the child and the determination of legal parentage and birth-right nationality of a child born in a case of inter-country surrogacy, Wells-Greco examines the legal aspects of parenthood and nationality, the influence of European and international human rights laws on determining parentage, the establishment of nationality, and the prevention of statelessness.
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A defiant Julian announces his determination to fight against Franco in the Spanish civil war, while Angelica - who remains unaware of her true parentage - escapes to London to become an actress.

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