Part of why qualities of parents are often repeated in their offspring is genetic, says Audrey Krisbergh, director of the Center for Parenting Education in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
“This indicates the power of ‘nature,’ that is, heredity. But part of the explanation also lies in the impact of the environment in which a child is raised, which is referred to as ‘nurture.’ ”
The answer to the age-old question of why children often seem so much like their parents probably is that both nature and nurture play a role in how children develop. And, of course, both of these influences come from a child’s parents.
“The question isn’t whether your children will emulate you; they will. The question is which behaviors they will imitate,” Krisbergh says. “Through role modeling, you have the ability to influence your children’s development in positive ways and make it more likely that they become people you will admire when they mature. What kids see and believe, they become.”
Work towards a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly. Avoid making negative comments about your body and other people’s, too. Not only will you be healthier, but you will also send an important message about body image and acceptance.
Show kindness and respect to others in your words and your actions.
Source: Center for Parenting Education