parentcraft

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English[edit]

A father and son in Bangladesh

Etymology[edit]

parent +‎ -craft.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

parentcraft (uncountable)

  1. The skills and knowledge used by parents in raising children.
    • 1980 January, Gillian [Mary] Pugh, “Antenatal Services”, in Gillian Pugh, editor, Preparation for Parenthood: Some Current Initiatives & Thinking, London: National Children's Bureau, OCLC 952051112, page 27:
      The Court report [] received evidence from some that parentcraft classes in hospital were helpful and from others that they conflict with primary health care, and particularly with the work of health visitors.
    • 2003, Linda Bryder, “Helen Deem and Paediatrics, 1939–56”, in A Voice for Mothers: The Plunket Society and Infant Welfare, 1907–2000, Auckland: Auckland University Press, ISBN 978-1-86940-290-7, page 132:
      Parentcraft included traditional female activities of cooking, home management and budgeting and child care, but also gardening and woodwork, and 'knowledge of civic and and public affairs'. Both parents had a role to play in promoting home life and the family.
    • 2016, Teri Gavin-Jones; Sandra Handford, “The History of Antenatal Education”, in Hypnobirth: Evidence, Practice and Support for Birth Professionals, Abingdon, Oxon.; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, ISBN 978-1-138-90056-1, page 4:
      The expectations of pregnant women and their families is that within the pregnancy there will be some kind of antenatal education. This may be within an NHS [National Health Service] setting and taught by midwives (sometimes referred to as ‘parentcraft’) or women may seek private sector classes.