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The concept in psychology that I will recall five years from now are the three major parenting styles studied by Diana Baumrind. Permissive parents are those that don't seem to give a rat's hole about what a child does and rarely uses discipline. Authoritarian parents are those who believe in being strict with many rules and rarely allowing children to explore. Authoritative parents are those who have the best parenting styles; they support their children but also set rules.
I found that these three parenting styles associate with how my parents have raised me. I feel as though they have been authoritarian; when I was young I was never able to do anything that allowed me to explore or meet new people, I was never in any outside of school activities, I was never able to go to sleepovers or invite friends over. My parents were very strict and I was always afraid of doing something wrong that would disappoint them.
Then there became a point in which they were Authoritarian, and this happened as I got older and I was able to make good decisions and I wanted to explore and be able to experience new things. Being the only daughter my parents had the permissive style of parenting with my brothers and more authoritarian with me. I believe that these styles affect my life, being that my parents nurtured me to be who I am today.

Eugenics: Good or a Bad?

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Is Eugenics a good or a bad thing?
The idea of eugenics was first founded by Francis Galton who believed that if talented partners were to have children, then their offspring would also be intelligent. This idea was transformed and adopted in the United States first by California. The eugenics movement in America was to improve the human race by sterilization, banning marriages, and segregating those who do not fit the Nordic, blue eyed blonde, type and also desire those who were tall, strong and talented.

In the opinion of those who believe this is a good thing due to the elimination of those who are "untalented", is it certain that those who are talented produce offspring who will also be talented? This can relate back to the idea of nature vs. nurture. There are many who are very talented and came from a poor background and took advantage of their struggles to do better. Think about the Reign of Adolf Hitler who wanted blonde haired blue eye people. Millions were killed, unless you don't have a heart, then you would see that the loss of lives is not worth improving the human race.
If we didn't have those who weren't talented or the ideal "perfect" type, then who would be doing some of the jobs out there? I do not want to list the types of jobs due to possibility of offending people as well as creating a stereotype. There is a place for everyone in this world and no one should be denied the opportunity to be a mother, marry, or be alive because they were born the way they were from their environment and genetics.

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Some question the ability for same sex couples to raise children just as well as heterosexual couples. Many studies show that same sex couples are just as well likely to raise children. But the real question here is: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?
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From the stories of Rebecca Meiksin and Terrance McGeorge, you would expect that they turned out gay because of their gay parents. But in Terrance's case, he did turn out gay and he did have gay fathers but he claims it was all genetics. His father knew from the beginning that he was going to be gay. Rebecca on the other hand, is heterosexual and says that she has never been pressured to be gay by her mothers.
Research scientist Paul Cameron believes that Parents of the same sex influence their children's sexuality based on his research. But couldn't the children that did turn out to be gay from same sex parents, most like be from genetics? Their parents are gay and the genes may have transferred to the child. This is a case of nature vs. nurture. I don't believe same sex parents influence children's sexuality, but open their eyes to accepting the sexuality of others. Some parts of it may be due to genetics or environment. Think about the children who did turn out to be gay with straight parents. How do straight parents influence the sexuality of their children that turn out gay?

Check this article defending gay parents here!

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