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Family-MakingContemporary Ethical Challenges$
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Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656066.001.0001

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The Goods of Childhood and Children’s Rights

The Goods of Childhood and Children’s Rights

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Samantha Brennan

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the trade-offs that occur in protecting children’s interests, and in doing so engages with the question, “In what does children’s well-being consist?” How much of children’s welfare is attached to the child they are now and how much to the future person they become? The chapter argues for the view that parents are not merely charged with the task of delivering children safely to the threshold of adulthood. Because of the nature of children’s rights as rights that protect children’s interests, parents also have obligations to promote the goods of childhood.

Keywords:   childhood, children’s interests, ethics, parental responsibility, parental rights, parenting, personal identity, psychological well-being, rights, well-being

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