The Changing American Family

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(P7) To begin observing the intricate connection between hyper-parenting and love, the linking factor, survival, must first be addressed. In her article, “The Changing American Family”, Natalie Angier addresses how “family has changed in recent years” and how the interpersonal relations of a family are much different today than they were in the past (Angier). In her article, Angier addresses how many recent changes in family dynamics, such as the increase in hyper-parenting, are due to changing requirements for survival (Angier). In today’s society, to achieve “confidence in yourself that you’re able to survive” requires attending college, building finances, and then marrying and building more finances (Angier). As society has become complex …show more content…
In his essay Michael Sandel highlights how parents can drive academic achievement in many ways including educational enhancement and possibly even genetic augmentation. Sandel questions the practice of genetic augmentation, and furthermore demonstrates concern when stating that it is part of “transforming love” (Sandel 50). Despite Sandel’s concerns, genetic augmentation and other forms of academic enhancement can stem from a parent’s love. Nowadays, there is an extensive emphasis placed on standardized testing performance in order to not only pass school but also to receive a higher education. The emphasis on academic success is not just on those who want to attend prestigious Ivy League schools. For successful opportunities in many careers, students need to be successful in a variety of fields. To be a nurse, or attend an elite art school, a student still has to do well in all of his/her academic subjects. Judging a student’s merit on scores and academic success may be unfair, but calling parents who play into it selfish is also an unfair claim. Parents understand the academic pressure that is placed on children regardless of which field their child wishes to pursue. Hyper-parenting practices such as standardized testing preparation classes, private tutors, and even a form of genetic engineering that make children smarter, will make academic success for the student easier, allowing them …show more content…
Yes, she is the product of not just hyper-parenting, but she is therefore also the product of parental love. Though unclear whether her parents’ hyper-parenting practices are beneficial, the motive behind them is affection. Though Solomon and Sandel makes compelling claims in stating that we should accept our children and avoid certain forms of hyper-parenting, they fail to demonstrate the roots behind parents engaging hyper-parenting behavior in the first in the first place. All the forms of hyper-parenting addressed in this essay, whether it be genetic augmentation, correction of illnesses, or educational enhancement, all qualify as a form of love. Understanding this motive behind hyper-parenting allows for one to understand parents’ viewpoint and limit the criticism put on parents. Hyper-parenting may be problematic, but it is important to realize that parents who practice it may view it as beneficial to their child. Hyper-parenting is in fact just the result of parents wanting to push their child to succeed in society. Hyper-parenting is the result of

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