Posted by 64Bowtie on February 24, 2004, at 22:01:06
In reply to Erika Schmidt, LCSW - thoughts on children, posted by All Done on February 23, 2004, at 12:23:29
> Obviously, we cannot change the genetic makeup of our children.
Perhaps this is a new frontier. Those 70% of the spiral helix assumed to be meaningless till recently, has come alive. They are responsible for "process". Part of "process" is timing. There are certain markers that seem to move and change implying they are some sort of "genetic alarm clock". All you have to think of is the onset of pubic hair to see what I am alluding to.
If parents do their job, kids can be healthy and without stress such that whatever the "genetic clock" is alarming at can be fulfilled. Unhealthy children because of an unhealthy and dysfunctional situation will miss the signal(s) and further be messed up along the way. Also, parents can stunt or enhance a childs normal growth by varying their diet.
So, in a sense, parents can alter genetics, in negative ways at least.