a policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of nondurable materials.
As I think about my role as 'mom', I think I'm more like Apple than Rubbermaid. My goal is planned obsolescence. I want to live life, parent my kids, and expect that one day, I will become obsolete, or at least not used in the original way. I want my kids to not need me, to figure things out on their own, and to live life their way. I have that goal in mind in almost everything I do as a parent, in hopes that (1) they will become wholly independent successful adults and (2) that they may not need me, but that they'll still want me around. I can hope.