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Yalena Leuliette, 7, of Greenbelt, Md., throws seeds from a cattail plant up in the air as she plays while visiting the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in northeast Washington, on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Leuliette visits the public garden with her parents a few times a year.  (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Yalena Leuliette, 7, of Greenbelt, Md., throws seeds from a cattail plant up in the air as she plays while visiting the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in northeast Washington, on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Leuliette visits the public garden with her parents a few times a year. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

For writer and child development expert Alison Gopnik, there's a problem with modern parenting. It's the idea that being a parent is like work. According to Gopnik, for many parents who are weighed down with how-to books and anxiety, raising kids comes with the goal of shaping them into a particular kind of person. She says that's bad for kids and parents, and that we need to rethink parenting altogether.

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Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her new book is, "The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children." She tweets @AlisonGopnik.

This segment aired on September 12, 2016.

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