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Parenting comprises all the tasks involved in raising a child.

It includes:

  • providing food and drinks, and in the case of small children, the process of feeding or helping with that;
  • providing a toilet and facilities for washing, and in the case of small children, the washing itself or helping with that, and providing diapers or helping using the toilet;
  • providing clothing, and in the case of small children, putting the clothes on and taking them off or helping with that;
  • providing shelter, furniture, medical care[?], love, entertainment, safety;
  • arranging for a school to provide education, with parents providing additional education and guidance, including norms, and in the case of religious parents, religion.

Parenting may involve praise[?] but also punishment, for instance putting a child over the knee for a spanking. The term "child training" implies a specific type of parenting that focuses on holistic understanding of the child.

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