Is This Bad Behavior Nature Or Nurture?
Love the site and your great common sense advice!
Here’s my question. My nephew Robert hasn’t seen his father in years but is somehow adopting all of his dad’s bad habits!
Robert is 17 and his mom (my sister Laura) is smart, driven, passionate and fun. Robert, on the other hand can be moody, lazy, depressed and snappy.
These are all traits that remind both Laura and I of his father – and yet Robert’s dad left home when he was just 4 years old.
Do you think it’s possible that Robert has genetically inherited these bad habits? And if so – how can we change them?
We’re really puzzled!
Carol, San Francisco