Anonymous asked: In order to be a good mother, do you think it is necessary to be willing to sacrifice your life outright for your child? Is someone who would choose their life over their child's (i.e. wouldn't take a bullet for them) a fundamentally flawed parent?
In a word? Yes. It’s more complicated than that, obviously, and I know where you’re going with this… but someone who, in a life threatening situation, literally drops their helpless infant on the ground and flees, gets in their car and races home? Flawed parent. That isn’t just “not taking a bullet” for the child, that is literally abandoning them TO DIE.
In a natural disaster, in an attack, in any dangerous sitaution I’d hold onto my kids and do everything in my power to protect their lives. And if a situation had arisen where it was protect them at risk of my own life, or flee and leave them to die, the choice is equally clear. I think most parents feel the same.