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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]


(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.


Etymology: L, parens
a mother or father; one who bears offspring. parental, adj.


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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Knowing that federal regulations do not require a school district to spend any of its state or local funds on parentally enrolled private school students, and moreover, that private schools' access to a state's federal monies is still extremely limited (Pitasky, 1999), it would be very useful to gain a better understanding of these particular partnerships.
H2: A strong feeling of personal satisfaction will be a less influential motivator for federally funded accounting students than for private company and parentally funded accounting students.
Ms Banotti, chairperson of the Irish Centre for Parentally Abducted Children (ICPAC), yesterday confirmed she has been in touch with Serena and her new husband US sailor Jon Benwell and has offered them her support.
Oral antimicrobial drugs have been preferred over those administered parentally, whenever possible.
Unfortunately, there were no views out the back or side windows, since these were obscured by carefully packed and sealed boxes which, at the last minute, were all opened and crammed with the stuffed animals that had been discovered hidden, parentally, in the closet.
In addition to statistical information, adults who were parentally abducted as children have begun to raise their collective voices through a new organization called Take Root.
But there will be enormous parentally condoned truancy for the rest of Easter week.
On the basis of what we know about the tremendous disadvantages of children who grow up without both a mom and dad in the home, it would not be wise public policy to encourage the deliberate procreation of intentionally semi-orphaned, parentally deprived children.
When CSF 5-HIAA was obtained from peer-only reared and mother-reared monkeys 14, 30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 days after birth, parentally neglected, peer-reared subjects exhibited lower CSF 5-HIAA concentrations than did mother-reared subjects (Shannon et al.
Shame implies self-recognition and reflects failure not only to achieve parentally approved behavior, but also to attain the mastery or autonomy that represent internalized narcissistic expectations of the self (Morrison, 1989).
This was, of course, unbearably, parentally naif, but I remained rock solid after a preview of `adult mode' myself.
Feminists documented that abortion was caused by, among other things, culturally enforced ignorance about sexual and reproductive physiology, especially family planning and fetal development; cultural construction of pregnancy as a pathological condition; a sexual double standard which permitted men to be sexually and parentally irresponsible; the social valuing of "legitimacy" over children's lives and women's well-being; and lack of social and economic support for mothers, especially single ones.