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sharenting, n.

Brit. Hear pronunciation/ˈʃɛːrəntɪŋ/
U.S. Hear pronunciation/ˈʃɛrəntɪŋ/
Origin: Formed within English, by blending. Etymons: share v.2, parenting n.
Etymology: Blend of share v.2 and parenting n.

 1. The action of sharing the responsibilities of being a child's parent or caregiver.Apparently an isolated use.

2010   www.letshaveakid.com Aug. (Internet Archive Wayback Machine 7 Nov. 2010)    Let the sharenting begin!.. ‘“Sharenthood”..[is] about coming together in almost an infinite number of possible ways, not only to share in the creation of a child, but to share in building the best life possible for them.’

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 2. The action or practice of sharing news, images, or videos of one's children on social media websites.In quot. 20121   in form oversharenting, after overshare v.

[2012   Wall St. Jrnl. 12 May d11/2   I call it ‘oversharenting’: the tendency for parents to share a lot of information and photos of their kids online.]
2012   @klovescoffee 16 May in twitter.com (accessed 5 May 2021)    On ‘sharenting’ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000.
2012   www.urbandictionary.com 16 May (Internet Archive Wayback Machine 19 Dec. 2013)    Everyone is going to know everything about that poor kid because his/her parents aren't careful with their sharenting.
2019   Winnipeg Sun (Nexis) 29 Sept. a32   We're distracted mothers, posting more about our children than actually just doing the work of motherhood, says Frey, who's actually taking a stint away from sharenting on social media.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, June 2022; most recently modified version published online December 2022).