I enjoy looking at family pictures. The resemblance between my mom, her mom, me, and my daughter is wonderful. We’re all “mini-me’s” of the previous generation, and that suits me fine because I’m proud of all our family.
Of course the resemblances between us is more than pretty photos, because we don’t just look the same, but have mannerisms that are so connected that complete strangers have actually stopped us in the stores to comment how much we’re chips off the family block.
And even though my daughter’s dad has long since gone, I see in my daughter his same colorful, highly creative, and devilishly smart personality that couldn’t possibly have learned from him before his death, because he’s been away from us since she was a mere 2 years old.
An entrepreneurial child’s personality runs family deep. You may deny your child’s resemblance to yourself like my dear friend that we’ll call “Maude,” but even when I listen to the stories of her life you can see the connecting thread of behaviors from her dad to her and now to her son- even if she doesn’t think it’s true (or want to believe it) about herself.
I’ve also found myself being like Maude and have sat wondering where on earth had my daughter learned to do that?!
However, I also know that to understand my daughter better and to be a smart parent, I must accept the possibility that there may be similarities between her behavior, this family, and myself.
Tip: Think back to your childhood and the parenting that worked best in your own life, and use this insight to help your high-energy child understand, who they are, who they can be, and how to find their true potential.