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"We Need to Talk About Kevin" represents the received opinion about bad parenting: though Kevin's mother Eva is the narrator, the author repeatedly implies that her account is unreliable, and that Eva's disinterest in her son and occasional negligence was the cause of his violence.
Modern developmental psychology lets us contradict Shriver: parenting explains at most 5% of child personality variance, so Eva's self-serving account is probably more correct.
We Need to Talk About Shriver's False Paradigm
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