I saw a picture of the cutest toddler running free
Instantly, I saw the reflection of his Mom and his Dad in his profile
Oh wow! I wondered
What a fine balance of both genes he has picked up
My nephew is doing some extraordinary work for a not profit
My heart swells with pride when I think that he belongs to my gene pool
Essentially, who we are, is a mix bag of genes that we have inherited
Of course, our hard work, our lifestyle has a lot to do with how successful we become
But there are some things that just come into being because of the DNA that makes us up
Just like an apple seed will turn out to be an apple tree, no matter how hard we wish for it to bloom with rose flowers
Taking this theory backward, if we want our child to be brilliant in Math
What is a good time to start working on their Math skills?
When they are 11?
When they are 6?
When they are just born?
Or when they are still in the womb?
Or before we actually conceive them?
My theory is – If I want my child to be naturally good at something
The best bet I have is by being great at it, myself , way before I even conceive that child
Be so good at it such that it becomes a part of my DNA
And then, when my child is born, the odds that they will be good at it too, are higher (there is no guarantee either way)
What’s the point of trying to rub Math into someone who is born with a different DNA makeup
I have thought about this theory many times
And every time I get the same answer
If I want my kids to be good at something, I need to learn to do it well myself
Whether it is before I conceive them or after they are born or once they are 30 years old
I cannot change the DNA of the seed that makes them but I can show them the path by walking on it myself
There is no other way
And even if I do it well myself, there is no guarantee, ever, that they will follow the same path
After all, an apple tree will never flower a rose
So if I really want roses, I have learn to make them myself on my own bush
I cannot wait for my children to make roses for me
I have to let them be the tree that they were meant to be
By the way, if you didn’t know till now, Apples are delicious and way more useful in many ways than….