Parenting and Prudence
For parents of young children more than for people in any other stage of life, every day is a constant stream of little prudential decisions among competing goods. For instance: Do I let my toddler play in the dirt? I weigh the good of independent exploratory play against the good of hygiene. I consider how recently I applied weed killer in the area, how much time we have until grandma arrives, and the likelihood the child in question will try to eat rocks. When I make a decision, I’m not deciding againstplay or cleanliness, but for what appears to be at that moment the most compelling collection of goods. And I might get it wrong. He might eat a rock.
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