Question: In general, nobody has an obligation to provide positive help to anyone else, no matter how great their need. There would seem to be one exception, in that parents have an obligation to provide for the needs of their children. Do they indeed have such an obligation? If so, why? And when does it expire?
Answer: Objectivists hold that parents are obliged to care for and raise their children. While Objectivism does not accept any unchosen obligations, it does recognize that one can, through one's choices, place another person in jeopardy. By creating a dependent child, the parents assume an obligation to see the child through to independence. Independence in Objectivist terms means being able to live as a rational being, on the efforts of one's own mind and body.