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Why Parents Affect Children Less Than Many People Assume

Many people assume that parents are largely responsible for shaping the person their child eventually turns out to be. In the genetic sense, this is true; in the parenting sense, it is often not. Read More

Yes and No! But No Confusion

The very first line of this article says it all - "Many people assume that parents are largely responsible for shaping the person their child eventually turns out to be. In the genetic sense, this is true; in the parenting sense, it is often not." In fact, there are many others factors responsible for shaping a child - friends, relatives, environment, and so on. Therefore, blaming only parents is unfair. Indeed, from so many factors responsible, which one would you blame for anything wrong? This is something that we need to think, won't we?

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Jesse Marczyk, M.A., is a Ph.D. student at New Mexico State University; he studies evolutionary psychology and writes the blog Pop Psychology: The Internet's evolutionary psycholo-guy.

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