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"We raise children."
"We bring up children"
I think the animals vary from state to state, but "rear" is normally used for animals, not children - unless you wish to imply a slightly different meaning, such as the suggestion that the children were rather wild!
I think I hear "raise" and "bring up" about equally.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.