I was thinking today that your children are like Horcruxes.*
Parts of your soul, separated from yourself, in another being that can be destroyed. Except, you know, you don't have to murder to make one.**
See? Harry Potter has lessons for everyone.
* I can't believe you don't know what a Horcrux is. Read about it here.
** But kids sure are murder on your body while you're creating them, aren't they? HAR-DE-HAR!