When I first stumbled on the research that’s says, children get their intelligence from their moms, I was so chuffed at the news, that our girls, who are doing better academically than my sons have me to thank for their intelligence? What’s not to be happy about? I know, I can be petty at times.
So, the next thing that came to my mind was, so, their dad is responsible for the slow pace of our boys. Hmmm interesting conclusion, considering this was a one-off study. When I said as much to my DH, his look said, “Is that really important in the scheme of things?” and I gladly shut my mouth and enjoyed the feeling of having contributed to my babies’ intelligence. And consoled myself with the fact that, with time, the boys will catch up and they are improving by the day.
However, did you know, it is not only intelligence that are transferred to the babies via the mom, there are so many physical traits that both mom and dad contribute to create blended versions of themselves. We explore some of these physical traits and who determines what in the child, mom or dad? Let’s roll
Dimples are one of those traits that melt hearts and induce ooooh’s and awe’s whenever they present themselves. Good news for parents blessed with this feature?
Dimples are a dominant trait, meaning if Mom or Dad has a sweet little indentation that reveals itself at every irresistible grin; chances are likely that baby will have it too.
My middle sister has a dimple on one cheek but I’m yet to find it on with my mom’s or dad’s face. Perhaps, it’s a recessive gene somewhere in our lineage.
Whatever be the case, either mom or dad could pass on this trait.
- Widow’s peak
What do Genevieve Nnaji, Banke Meshida, and even Marilyn Monroe have in common? They’ve all been blessed with the gorgeous hairline known as a widow’s peak. The name for this hairline that dips into a V near the middle of a person’s forehead has its origins in the long ago and dark past too.
The dark past notwithstanding, it’s one of those features that makes a person stand out, in a good way. Some geneticists believe the widow’s peak is a dominant trait that comes from a specific gene, while others feel more research is needed to be sure.
To get this hairline, widow’s peaks usually have at least one parent with the same hairline. The gene for a straight across hairline is believed to be recessive, meaning the widow’s peak will always show forth.
If you are not yet married, you can start scanning hair lines of your potential suitors. *side eyes*
- Eye lashes:
My younger son has gorgeous eyelashes; I used to watch his lashes lay on his skin as he slept while a baby and I know where he got that from: His dad. It couldn’t possibly have been me; hair and I are not that friendly.
Thank God for him as scientists say the gene that determines long lashes is dominant, while short lashes are a recessive trait.
- Shape of eyes
Pretty eyes are a captivating physical trait that gives us a glimpse into what another person is feeling and thinking. The two main eye shapes are almond-shaped and round. Eyes also vary in size. Some may seem to take up a large portion of a person’s face, while others exist in exact proportion with a person’s nose and mouth.
Almond-shaped eyes are dominant, while round eyes are recessive. If one parent or both have almond-shaped eyes, chances are baby will too.
However, the bottom line is many factors go into determining a person’s eye shape and structure. So, mom and dad will most likely see at least bit of their own eyes in those of their children.
Experts in the field of genetics are still struggling to determine exactly which genes are responsible for a person’s stature. Height is determined by genetics, but also by a child’s nutrition, especially early in life. Research has shown that a child’s eventual height is about 80% genetics and 20% nutrition.
Of course, if Mom and Dad are both extremely tall or extremely short, there is a better chance their children will follow suit. If Mom is 7 feet tall and Dad is 4 feet tall, one child may be towering over the rest of the world like Mom, while another is looking up to most everyone just like Dad.
Fair trade right?
- Face shape
Let’s face the facts: the face is one physical trait that everyone sees. It’s often how we’re judged, right or wrong. Some children are such a mix of Mom and Dad that they appear completely different from either parent, but if one progenitor or another has dominant features, there’s a good chance that Mom or Dad will have a child that is a window into his or her youth.
If both Mom and Dad have oval face shapes, or square ones, there is still a chance of a child having the opposite due to recessive genes from past generations that may present themselves. However, chances are good the ovals have this one.
Contrary to the popular belief that baldness is a trait to blame solely on Mom, this physical trait, which is actually quite dapper, can also come from Dad. It is true that the primary baldness gene is found on the X chromosome, the one that comes from the mother. However, recent research has proven that men with a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who have a pop with a full head of hair.
- Facial expressions:
Geneticists are yet find the illusive genes responsible for facial expressions being passed down from one generation to the next. They may even argue the gene doesn’t exist, but I know better.
I have and most of us would have caught ourselves making the exact same face as our own mothers and fathers and been wondering, “When did I become like mom or dad?”
Chances are you have even seen a reflection of your mother-in-law in your partner’s face on one occasion or another, for better or for worse.
This one is for both mom and dad. It could go either way.
After all said and done, it doesn’t matter, who the child looks like most. What matters is, he/she is a blended version of both parents and completely unique beings in themselves.
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