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From the Ted Talk by Yuko Munakata: The science behind how parents affect child development

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Trying to peridct how a child will turn out based on choices made by the parents is like trying to predict a hurricane from the flap of a butterfly's wings. Do you know the butterfly, the proverbial one, that flaps its wings in cihna, perturbing the atmosphere just enough to shift wind currents that make their way to the skies over tropical white beaches intensifying the water evaporating from the ocean in a spiral of wind and fueling a hurricane in the cbiaerban six weeks after that flutter of wings. If you are a parent, you are the btretfuly flapping your wings. Your child is the hurricane, a bttkairanehg fcore of nature. You will shape the pesron your child becomes like the butterfly shapes the hurricane in complex, seemingly upcdatnbierle but powerful ways. The hurricane wouldn't exist without the butterfly.

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Trying to _______ how a child will turn out based on choices made by the parents is like trying to predict a hurricane from the flap of a butterfly's wings. Do you know the butterfly, the proverbial one, that flaps its wings in _____, perturbing the atmosphere just enough to shift wind currents that make their way to the skies over tropical white beaches intensifying the water evaporating from the ocean in a spiral of wind and fueling a hurricane in the _________ six weeks after that flutter of wings. If you are a parent, you are the _________ flapping your wings. Your child is the hurricane, a ____________ _____ of nature. You will shape the ______ your child becomes like the butterfly shapes the hurricane in complex, seemingly _____________ but powerful ways. The hurricane wouldn't exist without the butterfly.

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  1. caribbean
  2. breathtaking
  3. force
  4. butterfly
  5. predict
  6. china
  7. person
  8. unpredictable

Original Text

Trying to predict how a child will turn out based on choices made by the parents is like trying to predict a hurricane from the flap of a butterfly's wings. Do you know the butterfly, the proverbial one, that flaps its wings in China, perturbing the atmosphere just enough to shift wind currents that make their way to the skies over tropical white beaches intensifying the water evaporating from the ocean in a spiral of wind and fueling a hurricane in the Caribbean six weeks after that flutter of wings. If you are a parent, you are the butterfly flapping your wings. Your child is the hurricane, a breathtaking force of nature. You will shape the person your child becomes like the butterfly shapes the hurricane in complex, seemingly unpredictable but powerful ways. The hurricane wouldn't exist without the butterfly.

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