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Parenting Is Overrated
Hosted By John Donvan
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -
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Upcoming Debate October 29, 2019
Parenting Is Overrated
Parenting Is Overrated

What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? This debate, commonly recognized as “nature versus nurture,” has drawn disagreement for thousands of years. So which one matters more? Emerging genetic research indicates that the scale may be tipping toward biology – but not all trust the research. Proponents of the “nature” camp argue it is DNA that determines who we are, as evidenced by identical twins and triplets who are separated at birth and, once reunited, show remarkable similarities despite different upbringings. Rather than trying to identify the perfect parenting style, they argue, caregivers should look to their children’s DNA to identify natural strengths and challenges to promote overall health and well-being. But others strongly disagree, saying that parenting is very important, and the individuals who rear us influence our development, growth, and, ultimately, our lives. The “nurture” camp also points to studies that show how beliefs and behaviors are not innate, as evidenced by stark differences in the expression of adolescence and other life stages across different cultures. Are they right? Or is parenting overrated?

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Robert Plomin − Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King’s College London
Robert Plomin is a leading behavioral geneticist who works at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and... read bio
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Nancy Segal − Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton & Director, Twin Studies Center
Nancy Segal is a professor of psychology at California State University, Fullerton and the director of the Twin... read bio
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Paige Harden − Psychology Professor, University of Texas
Paige Harden is a tenured psychology professor at the University of Texas, where she leads the Developmental... read bio
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Ann Pleshette Murphy − Author & Parenting Expert
Ann Pleshette Murphy is a therapist, parenting counselor, and passionate advocate for young children and their... read bio
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