The Transmission of Behavior in Complex Families

by Laurie DeRose

The older I get, the more I realize how much I resemble my parents. My dad was raised during the Great Depression; for quite a while, I have understood why I get angry when my daughters waste food. But I didn’t understand why I was so much more uptight than my husband when shepherding our preschoolers across parking lots until I saw my parents doing it “my way” when we vacationed with them in Toronto last month.

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