Isn't this what housemates do? Sharent? I think the word the author of the Telegraph article is looking for is "co-parenting" or perhaps "shared parenting". Must everything be crammed into a portmanteau? In fact, I thought this faux word, or "fauord", meant the very opposite, that is, exclusively female parenting (derived from "she-parenting"). Not for the first time, I am calling for a moratorium on portmanteaux, or rather, a portmantorium.
Of course there are biologically sensible reasons for this, but unless you’re careful this set-up can cement the assumption that childcare is the woman’s responsibility, long after she goes back to work too. It was my experience of maternity leave that was a big factor in our decision to 'sharent’.
When Tom returned to work after paternity leave I was left tethered to the domestic realm, feeling panic-stricken that my life as I knew it was over. And that was when we started talking about how things could be more equal.