i think it should be more than taking care of their physical needs
A parent(s) is to love their child because it comes naturally. We try to teach our children to be individuals, to be able to take care of yourself, know right from wrong. To have a job and to rise to better jobs for a strong sturdy life (grooming) to be respectful and love yourself or others will just walk all over you. To have your own and not to take something that doesn't belong to you. For when you have struggles in your life it is good to reach out for help not handouts. Its okay to cry and be sad, but stand up tall and keep that head up high, but don't get to full of yourself, but always have confidence. It's not a job... It just comes naturally because we love our children and want the best for them. We take care and love our children so they can love and take care of themselves with confidence and respect.
It is my job to teach my children all of the things I can and to encourage them to learn all they can. If nothing else teach them to live with honor and integrity. I may not leave any other mark on this world but I can ensure that each of my children is is someone I would admire. MY mother managed to allow each of us to believe we were her favorite. If we can do that and have fun along the way we all win.
No, not just physically ... but emotionally and mentally as well - a child NEEDS these things in order to grow up into a healthy functional adult. If these needs aren't met as a child then it can often lead to problems as an adult.
Parents can (and should) do what they can to aid their children in all dimensions of their development.
Parents in the present time have to provide much more than physical care, because our world is so competitive, only the smartest people can survive.
OF COURSE! Most people think parenting is providing clothing, housing and food. Those people should not have children.