I was turned on to this interesting article at Freakonomics.com and it’s definitely worthy of being passed on to you.
I’m not a researcher guy, I don’t do well with stats (or facts) – they make me uncomfortable. This article is short and sweet and doesn’t bore you with “proof.” So I highly recommend you give it a read.
Here’s an interesting quote:
“With a few exceptions, adoption and twin researchers find that nature overpowers nurture, especially in the long-run. Kids aren’t like clay that parents mold for life; they’re more like flexible plastic that responds to pressure, but returns to its original shape when the pressure is released.”
And a really good one:
“Parents spend too much effort trying to mold their kids for the future, and not enough just enjoying life together.”
That last one is the kicker; it made me think, “are my son and I enjoying our life together? Should I focus more on that? Have I ever focused on that?”
So, I wanted to pass this along because it made me ask those questions… they’re good questions… you should ask them of yourself too. Take, read.