- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɛəɹəntkɹɑːft/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɛəɹəntkɹæft/, /ˈpeə-/, /ˈpæ-/
- Hyphenation: pa‧rent‧craft
- 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, 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, 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.