I think there’s probably tons of research in how profoundly our relationships with our parents (or similar interpersonal relationships, our caregivers, or authority figures) influences our psychology in a longterm way.

I have also been interested for a while in the political question of if it is just for children to have no choice in what kinds of families they will grow up in, what kinds of early life experiences they will have.

I was wondering if there have been any theorists seriously suggesting, even if just on a hypothetical level, that if there were a way to diversify the child-parent experiences a child has, that in a way, it could average out the distinct types of parental experiences one can have, so that it is not the case that some people have attentive parents and some negligent, some unstructured and some controlling, some accepting and some judging, some nurturing and some abusive, etc.

I am mainly just interested in any theoretical writing on the idea of by cycling a range of parental figures, instead of what you could call “mono-parenting”, it gives people more access to a wide diversity of value systems, and sort of gives them a more balanced opportunity to decide what their own values are.

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    $\begingroup$ I think this Q is too hypothetical at this time; one thing we require here from Qs and As alike is that they are embedded in a scientific context; one great way to achieve that is by adding some of your research efforts. For instance, don't you think some literature is available on this topic? Think children in foster care that are repeatedly transferred between families and institutions. Do you reckon that does any good? $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    May 6 at 8:06
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    $\begingroup$ Shared or communal child-rearing used to be quite common in native/aboriginal tribes, Victorian-era upper-class, and Israeli kibutzes, among others. The quality of evidence is unlikely to be very good, but I think the question can be reasonably answered with reference to available evidence. $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    May 6 at 23:39


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