Welcome to the second BlogFlash event! The first (#BlogFlash2012) was so well received that we decided to run it twice yearly. It’s a great opportunity to get creative, meet other bloggers and get a new audience. Whether you join us for the full month or just a few days, the main aim is to have fun and be inspired. Anything else is a bonus. Worried about word count? Don’t be! It’s a guideline so the month doesn’t feel overwhelming but if you feel inspired to write more, feel free. Good luck!
#BlogFlash2013: Day Seven – Nature
As we learn about the human genome, it’s becoming increasingly clear that genetic predisposition-or nature-plays a central role in influencing human behavior. This is great news for parents. First, as disorders are identified and therapies made available, parents will have more tools to help their children overcome problems that might have held them back in the past. It may also-I hope-alleviate guilt.
Empirical theories popularized in the twentieth century set all the blame for a child’s behavior squarely on the shoulders of parents. Today, scientists know that all human behavior, including aggression, has heritable components. Neither nature nor nurture alone determines behavior. While parenting can affect outcomes, largely by shaping genetically predisposed traits, parents are not solely responsible.
Recognizing that even the best parents will be challenged by a child who is genetically predisposed toward aggression might encourage compassion-not only in society but within the parental unit. No, this doesn’t mean we can abdicate our parental responsibilities. We can, however, be a kinder toward ourselves. We can recognize that no matter how hard we try or how much we give to our children, they may stumble and fall. It’s natural! We can recognize that every failure of our child is not a failure of ours.
And once we forgive our own shortcomings, maybe we’ll extend that generosity to the parent next door.
Next prompt: Chocolate (12th March)
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Brilliant post Terri.
I always thought aggression must be inherited my son has his fathers aggressive spiteful attitude, even though his father abandoned us when he was 6 months old and therefore had no input into my son growing up. But my son has turned out to have Â a carbon copy of his fathersÂ temperament.
Here' my post for today Â  ;http://dawn-hart.blogspot.co.uk/
Good, thought provoking take on the prompt Terri.
Here's a silly little 'Nature' post:Â  ;http://donnalsadd.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/blogflash2013-day-7-nature-a-butterfly-thanked-me-today/
An interesting and thought provoking post on nature vs. nurture. My post on nature is up, but as an environmental consultant, it's probably not surprising that I took it outdoors. ;) http://kimmydonn.com
I also hope to get to visit most of the blogs again tomorrow. I know I don't get to visit every day, but I do go back through the posts!
True. It's the interaction of genetics with environment.Â http://toscienceandbeyond.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/…
Nice post about the complexity of human nature! http://www.backwoodsauthor.com/2013/03/11/blogfla…
Another great post, Terri. Fascinating and thought-provoking discussion. http://diaryofmrkain.com/2013/03/blogflash2013-da…
Interesting post. I can tell I am influenced as much (if not more) by the picture in the prompt as by the word itself.
I got to experience some great nature of the outdoor variety at the National Maple Syrup Festival over the weekend: http://librarygirlreads.blogspot.com/2013/03/expe…
This is an interesting post Terri. Would love to comment from the point of view in working in a school but can’t. x
Here’s mine, a bit of an
A very interesting take on today’s prompt, Terri. And very thought-provoking! My post today invokes a memory from a wonderful holiday.
An interesting and complex topic – I agree that it should be somewhat reassuring for parents who are dumbfounded as to why, despite their parenting, a child can grow up with certain behavioral issues (especially when it’s one child out of many). Hopefully these tools will become more accurate and more available. http://ariaglazki.blogspot.com/2013/03/flash-blog…
Great post Terri!!
Here’s mine http://joykeeney.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/blogfla…
Very interesting post. Unfortunately I had to skip the Friday’s prompt, but today I’m back! Nature is in my nature: http://mervi.helmikuu.net/2013-03-day-7-nature-bl…
Welcome back! Feel free to skip whenever you need to. #BlogFlash2013 is very very relaxed!
@Joy Keeney Thanks Joy!
@Aria Glazki I hope so too, Aria!
carlie2011c Thank you so much, Carlie!
lizzie_loodles I do remember, Lizzie! How great that you're exploring it again!
@Lesley Beeton Absolutely, Lesley! Thank you for your link!
Kimberly Gould Looking forward to it! I loved your take on the 'Island' prompt!
Donna L Sadd Thank you so much, Donna!
Miss_Biggun I hope he's able to learn techniques to temper it appropriately, Dawn. Those feelings can be very conflicting for young men and women, but spite is hard to have to hear!
elenchera Thank you very much, David!
LibraryGirlRead That sounds like such good fun, Angela!