The least a parent should do

MONDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2012

Parents must refrain from trying to create their children in their own image. Children will eventually have to survive in a world that is different from their parents’ world, and where many things will work differently than the way they worked in the world in which their parents had grown up.

Parents have the duty to equip their children to survive in a sometimes antagonistic, hostile world, and to define a workable identity that will ultimately enable them to function as adults in this world, to foster relationships with a wide variety of people, to formulate a purpose to which they can apply their lives, and to find happiness.

Children need to be equipped to survive – physically, mentally and emotionally, and to lead fulfilling, productive, happy lives.

Parents should at least attempt to do no less than this, seeing that the child had no choice about being born in the first place.

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