Leila Miller write about the three indespensable keys to effective parenting. Top of her list is ‘moral formation’.
If we don’t raise our children to be moral first and foremost, then we miss the point of parenthood entirely. We have enough financially successful, popular and “happy” degenerates out in the world already. What we can never have enough of is saints.
Now, it goes without saying that a child can be properly formed and still go off the rails, as there is that pesky little thing called “free will”. But woe to me if my child crashes into the ditch because I never placed and secured the rails in the first place.
Whatever quibbles people might have about the language, the basic point seems to me to be inarguable. All else being equal, a parent’s primary job is raise their children to be independent adults. And we all have to live in the society that those adults form, so we all have a stake in supporting parents to raise adults who treat others with consideration, respect other people’s ownership rights, and control their less socially-useful impulses.