“Ahhh… he’s just like his Daddy!”
Do you know how many times I have heard that since Lewis’ arrival nearly four years ago? No? Me neither… but it is a lot! And since Aaron’s arrival nearly 9 months ago, that trend has been continuing with gusto! So, “what’s the problem?” I hear you ask! Well, it’s two-fold!
Firstly, perhaps it is a sign of my delayed evolution, but the cavewoman in me wants to leave a legacy. I want to look at my child and see a reflection of myself. Quite why I would wish this on anyone other than my worst enemy, I am not sure. But there it is!
Secondly, although I love my husband dearly, one of him is more than enough! Do I wish to deal with the same person at various stages in the cycle of life? No! A baby, a pre-schooler, a middle aged man, and save my sanity, when my Father-in-law visits, it like seeing my husband as a pensioner!
So is there any way to prevent this? Natures laws are strong and I am a mere single force trying my best to give nurture a fighting chance.
It’s not necessarily that they are alike in the way they look (although everyone says they are!). It’s the way that they react, the way they problem solve, how they deal with their emotions. It’s in the way they watch the flipping t.v.!
This is good news though, right? These are cognitive and behavioural traits…and I have a degree in psychology! I can train the kids to see that my way of life, my approach, is in fact the preferred route. Or at least try to find some middle ground!
Only, deep deep deep down, I know, no matter what measures I take, my boys will most likely become versions of their Father.
I know this because it happens all the time. It’s talked about and laughed about. People are teased and tormented by the fact! Of course usually it’s aimed at girls and called ‘Turning into your Mother’! But I am here to tell you, this phenomena is not gender specific. Like Ying and Yang, it too has an opposing force.
Girls turn into their Mothers and boys turn into their Fathers!
What surprises me the most is the early onset of symptoms in Lewis’ case. Girls tend to turn into their Mothers when they reach adulthood. Sometimes the symptoms are repressed until they become Mothers themselves. Not so with Lewis turning into his Father.
Here is my evidence. Please note ‘He’ and ‘Him’ is interchangeable, referring to either Lewis or his Dad!
5 Signs my Son is Turning into his Father
1) He watches Top Gear, Police Interceptors and everything else shown on Dave. Whilst watching said programmes he appears to lose all ability to hear!
2) He requests to be fed at least 6 times per day. Should this feeding regime be neglected I have to prepare for him to regress into an Ape like creature who communicates through grunting, staring or eye contact aversion, and escalating physical misconduct (eg. throwing remotes/door slamming etc).
3) He believes he can overcome the law of physics using brute force. eg. “The car will fit into that space”. Cue scrapes, bumps and dents. Of course it doesn’t matter so much with Lewis’ toy cars!
4) If I request a chore be done, I receive a three phase response:
1st request – immediately he turns his head away – if he can’t see me, he can’t hear me!
2nd request – he offers a verbal response affirming the chore will be completed.
3rd request – an excuse as to why it hasn’t been done, and a declaration that it will be completed at some stage in the future.
I don’t know how many phases there are, as I always give up and do it myself after phase three!
5) He refuses to admit when he is tired. Dark circles under the eyes, falling asleep in front of the t.v. and general exhaustion will not persuade him to go for a nap. This particularly annoys me because I would love to nap, however I am never provided with the opportunity.
So there it is. My theory and my evidence. Like Father like Son. All contrasting reports are welcomed!