Wit's End . . . notes from the principal
Raising a Child. You have heard the phrase more than a few times and yet there is no universally accepted explanation of what it means, or what it includes. Presumably, the starting point is undebatable; the endeavor begins at the moment of birth. The end game is far more elusive. A quick response might be that the work concludes at age 18. Another would counter with 17, since Michigan defines that as legal age for the purposes of criminal law. Age 21 would get wide support, yet many children are not yet college graduates, so it depends again on criteria.
According to Wikipedia, “parenting” is defined as “the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the aspects of raising a child aside from the biological relationship.” The site further explains that “parenting doesn’t usually end when a child turns 18. Support can be needed in a child’s life well beyond the adolescent years and continues into middle and later adulthood. Parenting can be a lifelong process.”