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Do you think good parents can raise 'bad seeds'?

July 23, 2010 at 4:40 AM ET

In his recent column "Accepting That Good Parents May Plant Bad Seeds" in The New York Times, Dr. Richard A. Friedman explores the paradox of "good parents with toxic children." Friedman makes the case that loving, conscientious parents can somehow manage to bring up kids who are generally unkind and unsympathetic to other people. While not letting truly bad parents off the hook, he argues that some offspring simply may not be nice people. What do you think of Friedman's argument? If "bad seeds" emerge, must the parents bear at least some responsibility? Do you think it's possible for compassionate parents to raise children who lack compassion themselves? Watch video: Bad kids raised by good parents
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