No, I don’t have children, why do you ask?

Now that I’m riffing aimlessly about nature/nurture, here’s a related theory about parenting inspired by Dr. Thompson:

In a novel finding, Robert Plomin and colleagues suggest that negative aspects of parenting are more heritable than positive aspects. They call this The Dark Side of parenting. The effect is interesting and subtle: it suggests that whilst parents are generally consistent in their handling of their children, some genetically driven characteristics of their children lead them into more negative parenting styles.

Dr. James Thompson
Is the dark side of parenting genetic?

Doesn’t summarize well, you probably should skim the rest for context. Dark side here means such horrible behaviors as spanking and shouting. You know, like “dark” parents are famous for.

Could be this is adaptive. Every living creature understands fear, and some children seem to understand little else. Some other children are bright and need to be parented differently, but that subject is popular enough to have books in Barnes and Noble. There isn’t an “Everything Guide to Raising a Retarded, Uncooperative Low-Functioning Psychopath”. Maybe you really do need to beat the shit out of ’em to put the fear o’ God in ’em.

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One Response to No, I don’t have children, why do you ask?

  1. lflick says:

    This Be The Verse
    Philip Larkin

    They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
    They may not mean to, but they do.
    They fill you with the faults they had
    And add some extra, just for you.

    But they were fucked up in their turn
    By fools in old-style hats and coats,
    Who half the time were soppy-stern
    And half at one another’s throats.

    Man hands on misery to man.
    It deepens like a coastal shelf.
    Get out as early as you can,
    And don’t have any kids yourself.

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