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Are there ways to make your child more like you?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 28-12-2011

If you've ever heard a friend or relative say that your child "has his mother's eyes" or "laughs exactly like his father," you know the simple joy of seeing your own traits recognized in your children. Physically, there's no question that children are genetically bound to resemble their parents. However, many dads would also like to see their children embody several of their parents' personality traits and interests. According to the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographical Institute and Department of Social Research Methodology, a link does exist between the life trajectories, role modeling and social values of parents and children. Here are some parenting tips on ways to make your child more like you.

While this already seems like an obvious part of successful parenting, young children learn a surprising number of basic life skills simply from playing. Whether learning teamwork when doing a puzzle, competition when playing tag or hand-eye coordination when throwing a ball, these activities are key building blocks for influencing the person your child will grow up to be. By taking an active role in your child's playtime, you'll be there as they form important first impressions about the world around them.

As your children get older, basic playtime will evolve into more structured trips and family outings like visiting the zoo, going to the movies and vacations. Introducing children to your own interests and activities is a great way to bond while instilling positive social values. If you're a huge baseball fan, take your child to a major league or local game. If you're a history buff, visit a nearby museum and get them some age-appropriate and entertaining history books. Children are like sponges and they'll absorb anything you make an active part of their lives.