[ noun ] the state of being a parent
"to everyone's surprise, parenthood reformed the man"
Used in print(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
Instead of Catholics ' being obliged or even encouraged to beget the greatest possible number of offspring , as many non-Catholics imagine , the ideal of responsible parenthood is stressed .
Pope_Pius_12 , declared in 1951 that it is possible to be exempt from the normal obligation of parenthood for a long_time and even for the whole duration of married life , if there are serious reasons , such_as those often mentioned in the so-called medical , eugenic , economic and social `` indications '' .