Today's parents, by contrast, talk about their children's "needs" a good amount. They aren't referring, however, to actual needs like air, food, clean water, protection from the elements and good medical care in the event of illness.
Okay, food I get. Clothing he doesn't mention, unless it's grouped with shelter under "protection from the elements". How kind of him to specify GOOD medical care. But only in the event of illness? Is he anti-vax, too? Then we get to "clean" water. Okay, if you can't take CLEAN water for granted, I guess you're in a post-disaster situation, or you're in a third-world country. What happens if there's not enough water for the parent/s AND the child? Who gets priority? And if you're not post-disaster or third world, then everyone gets clean water. It's not something a sane parent would restrict for their kids.
But I wonder if Rosemond is addressing sane parents. Air. Really? I have never heard of any place on earth that is so impoverished there's not enough air to go around. Not only is it not a privilege, this is where I really start to get disturbed. The only way to restrict someone's air is to smother them, drown them, or choke them out. Is it supposed to be a plus if your parents don't murder you?
But perhaps it's not that dire. Perhaps it's okay if you just get domestic air; you're only entitled if you demand Canadian air, or American air if you are Canadian.