Martha Cravens, Ph.D.
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Los Altos, California 94022
Parenting late 12c., from O.Fr. parent (11c.), from L. parentem (nom. parens) "father or mother, ancestor," noun use of prp. of parere "bring forth, give birth to, produce," from PIE base *per- "to bring forth" (see pare). Began to replace native elder after c.1500. The verb is attested from 1660s. The verbal noun parenting is first recorded 1959 (earlier term had been parentcraft, 1930).
Parentcraft: what a great term! There is a distinct talent, skill, ART to parenting. Even the word ‘craft’ evolved from ‘strength and power’ to ‘art, science, talent’ – just like parenting moves from strength (physical and mental) when kids are small, to ‘art, science and talent’ when kids are teens. Skill also includes……….fun! This blog is about all that:
the art, science, talent, skill, fun of parentcraft.
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