This reflective piece lays out a series of challenging conceptual ambivalences prompted by this collection of chapters on childhood, youth and care. It is argued that readers should critique (our) normative, naturalised assumptions about care and responsibility but not allow scepticism about care to become the-reverse-of-care; problematise normative discourses of children and young people as vulnerable recipients of care but not abrogate adult responsibilities to children and young people; develop more caring practices but also think about our inability to ‘care for everyone/everything’; and be prepared to listen to accounts by/of parents and other adults who do not care, who care differently, or who abuse children.