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August 8, 2014

Freakonomics: Perfect Parenting Part II (Would Roshanda Still Smell as Good as Rose if She was Given Another Name?)

Every parent wants the best for their children. They would do anything to make their children happy. They want to make sure that their children will succeed later in life.

So what are their actions?
Sure, giving the children nutritious foods, taking care of them whole-heartedly, and giving them the best education they can are the most important among the others.

But what is their first actual action when the baby is born?
That is, giving the name.

Giving a baby a name can be easy, but it can also be difficult. Some parents hope that the name they give to their babies will represent the children's future.
But actually, as Levitt thinks, it is the parents' own hopes.

How big is the impact of names toward the children's future?
Levitt's friend, Roland G. Fryer observes about the Black people living in the U.S.
There are differences between black people's and white people's names. From that, we can see thechildren's parents' economical status and how high their education.

For example:
There's this father that named his son Winner. Later another baby was born, Loser, Winner's lil' brother.
So what happened to them when they grew up?
Loser got his career on police department successfully; while Winner frequently goes on an on-off relationship with jail.

Another example:
There's a girl named Temptress (meaning: teaser). Temptress was frequently called by the police because of her bad behavior, including bringing some guys into her house. Temptress' mother confessed that she didn't know (yet) the meaning of the name when giving Temptress that name.
Wouldn't Temptress do such things if she was given the name Chastity (meaning: purity)?

In the end, whatever it is, when giving us our names, we must believe that they did it for a good reason.

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