Chapter

Having Grown Children

Norvin Richards

in The Ethics of Parenthood

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731749
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731749.003.0011
Having Grown Children

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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

Chapter.  7543 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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