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The model of our caring for our own children is that of paternalism, but it is apt. Every parent (by right and duty of having various power advantages over our children) should consider the effects of every kind of care we 'give' our children so they can grow to replace us. In many ways, these discussions show how easy it is to forget, overlook, mis-manage, or mis-use those powers, or the situations they cause, to the possible detriment of the recipients. Given that most parents do recognize some of their own childrearing shortcomings, it is surprising to me that this branch of ethics gets such sparse attention.