Parent

progenitor or caregiver of the offspring in their own species

Parents are the mother and father or caretaker of their offspring.

"Under the Horse Chestnut Tree" by Mary Cassatt, drypoint and aquatint print, 1898.

In humans, a parent is the mother or the father figure of a child. They are either biologically or legally related to the person. When parents separate and choose who takes care of a child it is called custody. Parents who fail in their duty may be guilty of child abuse.

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