Parenthood is a noun whose definition means: the state of being a parent. More specifically, it means the position, function, or standing of a parent. In the concept of double parenthood, I take the definition one step further, and include the notion that parenthood is more than simply the state of being a parent. Parenthood, in this case, is taken to specifically mean the full amount of parenting required to successfully raise one’s child(ren) – and not simply the state of being a parent. Parenthood, simply put, is the whole entity, and in most families, the task of parenting (parenthood) is shared by two individuals.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘double’ as an adjective which means twice as much or many, or consisting of two usually equal parts or things.
Taking these dictionary definitions into account, I define ‘Double Parenthood’ as follows:
1. Double parenthood is when one parent fulfils all the responsibilities of parenthood due to the absence of a committed parenting partner with which to share parental responsibilities and duties; resulting in one parent having twice the amount of parental responsibility in comparison to parents who parent as part of a couple. One parent who does the work of two parents is a double parent.