my child, myself

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my child, myself
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 8:54am

are there things your children do/ways your children are that remind you of yourself when you were their age?

 

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 1:41pm

Actually surprisingly (to me any way) I have not seen many similarity over the years. Part of could be from very different childhoods. I lived in the same town (two houses) until I left MI at 20 to join the Air Force. They were Air Force brats and lived in multiple places.

Part of it could be different personalities, I am much more introverted than my DDs. DD2 and DD3 are about as far apart from me on the extrovert side as possible.

My DDs are much more "grown up" in there 20's than I was at their same ages.

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 6:07pm
Well, dh - who didn't know me when I was a kid - is always telling me "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 9:02pm
my kids' childhoods are completely different than my own too, i tell ppl they'll have interesting stories to tell in 15, 20 years....but my OP is referencing more idiosyncrasies - quirky, funny things i'll catch my kids do taht remind me of what i was like when i was their age.

 

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 9:04pm
yea, the apple doesn't fall far from teh tree kind of thing, exactly.

 

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 1:48am

That's funny, it's the exact same here. Dh just says "apple-tree" too whenever he sees his kids doing something just like him, or my kids doing something just like me.

A big one I that happened recently, is that as long as I can remember when I was really upset I would go in the bathroom and lock myself in. My youngest daughter just started doing this, even though she's never seen me actually do it (I really do not do it anymore, but I used to). Anyway, a few weeks ago she began doing this out of nowhere, she's only 3 years old! Pretty much as soon as she figured out she can lock and unlock the doors, she decided this would be her way to retreat when she was upset. I think it's kind of freaky.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 8:21am

The can't eat without spilling food on oneself went from my mother to me to DD1.

I tend to be clumsy and also to hurt myself in unusual ways so whenever my DDs do the same "like mother, like daughter" usually is mentioned.

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 8:57am

A big one I that happened recently, is that as long as I can remember when I was really upset I would go in the bathroom and lock myself in. My youngest daughter just started doing this


i wonder if she picked that up from watching you or if it's an internal sense.

 

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 9:01am
thankfully, clumsy isn't a trait of mine i've seen in my kids.

 

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 12:55pm
Hmmm, well lately when I tell my mom about something my kids do or don't do, she cackles evilly and tells me it's my payback because I was the same way.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 1:22pm
They are anywhere near as clumsy as I am so cannot really call it a trait in them. Just when it does happen it is usually mentioned that it came from me.

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