Sibling similarities; Is nature or nurture?

Sibling similarities; Is nature or nurture?

I’m posting this photo of my biggest and littlest babies for this week’s Captured Moment  and Parenting as well as this month’s Sibling Project as it’s becoming more and more apparent that Baby R is showing a clear resemblance to his biggest brother when it comes to energy.

Being my first, I thought all babies were as lively as Teenager was, he would happily scale every fence as we walked down to the village shops, preferring to run instead of walk and it seems Baby R is going that way. He gets a buzz from climbing the stairs when he knows he shouldn’t, squealing in delight when you come and get him. Like his brother, he’s an andrenaline junkie, testing my powers of patience and fear to the core.

Take last Saturday for example, he found Teenager’s beloved skateboard in the cupboard,  brought it out (which was by no means easy for a petite 12 month old ) then spent 20 minutes pushing and lying on it, as if trying to copy his adoring bro. Just the site of Teenager on it reduces him to fits of giggles.

He may have his middle brother’s looks but I think for now, that’s where the resemblance ends. And so the nature nurture debate hangs constantly in the air. He spends so much more time with Tween and yet his personality matches Teenager. Of course this could just be the case of a curious, developing baby but as each day passes, I can’t help wondering if we’ve got another Teen in the making.

Are your children show sibling similarities or are they polar opposites?

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16 Comments

  1. 21st May 2015 / 9:34 am

    Mine are three and a half and seven months, they’re both as active as each other, I was hoping for a more sedate second but it didn’t happen. The seven month old is still a little young to fully determine yet if they’re similar or not but interesting some aspects are the same already – Amy

    • 23rd May 2015 / 2:00 pm

      LOL, my 2nd seemed a little more sedate than my first but still keeps me on my toes.

  2. 21st May 2015 / 11:42 am

    Your boys are so handsome. I find it amazing how siblings can be so similar in some ways, and so so different in others! I have two girls, two years apart, and yes they are both into princesses and pink but the younger one is like a mini whirlwind, running, jumping and climbing all the time, and has absolutely no fear! Her older sister is quite content to sit for ah hour, colouring in, sticking and drawing. Maybe it’s because she’s older but I think it’s more their personalities, as I am pretty sure she was the same when she was younger too , if my memory serves! x

    • 21st May 2015 / 3:25 pm

      I wonder if they’ll always be like that? I love analysing how each of mine are, I know you shouldn’t compare but it’s hard not too isn’t it.

  3. 21st May 2015 / 11:43 am

    Forgot to say #ToddlersAndTeens !

  4. 21st May 2015 / 6:35 pm

    I only have one child so this is hard =P

    But me and my sister are opposite in looks but in so many ways the same.

    Lovely capture.

    #MyCapturedMoment

    • 21st May 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Siblings a sibling. My sister and I look similar and we have the same values &

  5. 21st May 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Polar opposites for sure! Such handsome boys, a lovely captured moment x

  6. 22nd May 2015 / 2:52 am

    My three get on so well with each other, but they really couldn’t be more different in personality. I often wonder how it’s possible for children who were brought up the same way to be so different! Having said that, when they all play with Lego or Hexbugs or in the garden, the differences are less pronounced and they do enjoy a lot of the same things 🙂

    • 22nd May 2015 / 10:30 pm

      That’s what puzzles me, mine all look very similar but different personalities but I think most of it is how I’ve changed as a parent over the years my poor teenager was my practice baby!

  7. 27th May 2015 / 6:14 am

    my boys are 13 and 2 and whilst they get on like best friends they are completely different. My eldest never slept ever. He would be awake 23 hours a day and I because of this he was grumpy and tired for years. We tried everything and nothing worked. He just didn’t like sleep. My toddler is the complete opposite. He would sleep 23 hours a day if he could. He has a completely different personality than my teen. He is much more chilled and laid back. Thanks for linking up #ToddlersAndTeens

  8. Heledd @heleddlavender
    27th May 2015 / 10:34 am

    Your boys are gorgeous!! My two are similar in some ways and totally different in other ways. They do look alike though, despite one looking like me and the other like her dad. Thanks for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx

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