What is parent?

  • (noun): A father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian.
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A parent (from Latin: parēns = parent) is a caretaker of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is of a child (where "child" refers to offspring, not necessarily age). Children can have one or more parents, but they must have two biological parents. Biological parents consist of the male who sired the child and the female who gave birth to the child. In all human societies, the biological mother and father are both responsible for raising their young. However, some parents may not be biologically related to their children. An adoptive parent is one who nurtures and raises the offspring of the biological parents but is not actually biologically related to the child. Children without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members.

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Gail Parent - Life and Career
... Parent was born Gail Kostner in New York City, New York, the daughter of Ruth (née Goldberg) and Theodore Kostner, a Wall Street executive ... Parent's writing career began with a 1971 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show ... Parent co-wrote the book for the 1974 musical Lorelei ...
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... explanations of (topographic) prominence, key col, and parent, see topographic prominence ... In particular, the different definitions of the parent of a peak are addressed at length in that article ... on the other hand, simply means elevation of the summit above sea level.) Regarding parents, briefly the prominence parent of peak A can be found by dividing the island or region in question into territories ...
Dan Parent
... Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics ... A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation ... Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles ...
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... channel carrying a time-delayed rebroadcast of its "parent" channel's output ... This channel runs alongside their parent the term "timeshift" does not refer to a network broadcasting at a later time to reflect a local timezone unless the ... branding and advertising will be the same as that of the parent, with the channel number and respective timing being the only distinction between the two, but some ...

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    The parent is the strongest statement that the child hears regarding what it means to be alive and real. More than what we say or do, the way we are expresses what we think it means to be alive. So the articulate parent is less a telling than a listening individual.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century)

    No parent should strive to be like another; just like our children, each of us is unique. And just as we love each of our children for being a special person, our children learn to love each of us for being a distinct parent and person.
    Saf Lerman (20th century)

    Part of the responsibility of being a parent is to arrange situations in children’s lives so they are able to meet crises with a reasonable chance of coping successfully with them.... Parents who believe children are unharmed by crises and will simply bounce back in time seriously misunderstand children.
    Donald C. Medeiros (20th century)