I vaguely recall the parents chose too many traits (smart, attractive, etc.) for their genetically modified designer baby boy which they were warned could cause behavioral issues. The parents get him an android/robot guardian. Parents were also arguing a lot in the story. One of the arguments was about the designer traits they chose and the resulting behavior issues.

The android/robot guardian was a main character. I can't remember other plot details. I think they get in a fight with some other kids and the robot/android teaches the boy empathy.

I was read this story in the early 1990s in elementary school.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Where and when did you read this? (Was it online, in an anthology or a magazine?) Does the guardian play a role in the plot, or is it just a detail? What were the parents arguing about? The boy, the robot, money, their jobs... What was the final outcome?
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    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 17:09
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It sounds a lot like the movie AI Artificial Intelligence, I googled to see if it was based on another story and it was based off of "1969 short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss."

He wrote lots of scifi stories and maybe the one you are speaking of

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. Can you identify the elements of the story that match the question? The parents fighting, the mechanical guardian?
    – DavidW
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 23:16
  • Supertoys Last All Summer Long isn't anything like this story.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 9, 2022 at 14:22

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