Parenting may be commonly defi ned as simply being the mother or father of a child or children and in many ways, parenting can appear to be supremely uncomplicated, having clearly been a feature of human behaviour and society since humans fi rst evolved. Indeed in a much broader sense, parenting behaviour has surely been in existence since the fi rst organisms evolved reproductive strategies reliant on having relatively few offspring and providing a relatively high investment in their survival. However, as with many aspects of human behaviour, what may at fi rst appear to be an uncomplicated endeavour very quickly becomes more nuanced and complex the more one considers it.
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