I was thinking about the concept of parenting... probably since I'll have to face that role soon. My thought is: parenting is analogous to any relationship in society where one person/group (the guardian) is responsible for another person/group (the subjects).
The parent is responsible for the behavior of the child and for providing for its basic needs.
The supervisor is responsible for the employee's work, setting expectations and fairly compensating them for performance.
The government is responsible for protecting it's citizens from threat of foreign invasion and enforcing equal law among citizens.