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Parental love for children

Parental love for children is so unlike any other human emotion. Many parents fell in love with babies so quickly and profoundly, almost independently of their particular qualities. Parents are totally devoted to them when they are little and yet the most they can expect in return when they grow up is that they regard parents with bemused and tolerant affection. Parents are ambitious for them, they want them to thrive and yet they know that they have to grant children the autonomy to make their own mistakes. In no other human relations do parents work so hard to accomplish such a contradictory goal which is precisely to create a being who will have goals that are not like the one of the parents’.

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