Inspired by this thread, where I read some disturbing and occasionally appalling things about a parent’s responsibility towards his/her child(ren).
So parents, would you sacrifice your life to save the life of your child? Let’s keep it your minor child. My answer is an absolute yes. To me, that’s part of the social contract you agree to when you have a child - you do anything and everything in your power to keep your child alive and well. If you’re not willing to make that sacrifice, you shouldn’t be having children. My wife and I have made it clear to each other as well - if the house is on fire and everyone else is unconscious, get the kids out first.
I don’t buy the “I need to live to be a parent to my other children” argument either. For me personally, I fully trust that some member of my extended family would step up and take my kids if my wife and I were both gone, even if the assigned guardians were dead as well. Even if that didn’t occur, the USA has an adequate care system for orphans - sufficient enough that I’d rather have all three of my kids go into it than have one of them die. The only situation where I’d think I had to let one child die so I could stay alive for the others would be if Canada invaded the USA, and we were refugees scrabbling for food on a daily basis, and no one would take over the children for me. Even then it would haunt me for the rest of my days.