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The Ethics of Parenthood$
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Norvin Richards

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731749

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731749.001.0001

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Having Grown Children

Having Grown Children

(p.216) 10 Having Grown Children
The Ethics of Parenthood

Norvin Richards (Contributor Webpage)

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Parenthood doesn't end when one's child becomes an adult but only changes: in what ways, though? This chapter begins by arguing that parents at this stage of life still have special liberties where their children are concerned, explaining both why that is true and what these liberties are. It then argues that parents also have obligations to their grown children, and it offers a view about what those are and about what would release the parents from them. The chapter closes by discussing the special risk of acting as if one's grown son or daughter were still a child, offering a view about what it is to act in that way and how to avoid doing so.

Keywords:   children, parents, parental obligations, parental liberties, grown children

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