If you want an active, well mannered and kind child you better make sure they don’t spend much time around their father.
That’s according to new research which shows virtues such as honesty, integrity and tolerance are most likely to come from mothers while laziness, temper, wit and potty mouth.come from fathers.
While mothers are most likely to be responsible for passing down traits including kindness, reliability and good organisational skills, fathers are likely to be behind your temper, wit and potty mouth.
Renowned motorcyclist Dougie Lampkin, who stars in a new Red Bull TV show about his family, said: “I practically grew up on a trial bike. My father’s own history and success in the sport was always going to be a reference point for me.
“He was certainly a big part of my career and played a huge hand in helping me achieve my own successes as a professional athlete.
“Without doubt from the moment it seemed actually possible I always wanted to become a world champion like my father.
“I was very lucky to have my father at my side throughout my career, we were a great team and whilst he was a very private man it is clear he was proud of what we achieved together.”
The study – which looked at how Brits felt they’d been influenced by their parents – found fathers are most likely to be behind academic talent, intelligence and sporting talent, but will also pass on their anger, bad habits and impatience.
Mothers pass on their zest for life, enthusiasm and forgetfulness along with a tendency to worry and insecurity. They are also most likely to be responsible for your cooking skills, dress sense, confidence and generosity.
Traits most likely to come from Fathers
A love of sport
Sense of adventure
Sense of direction
Sense of humour
Your favourite football team
Traits most likely to come from Mothers
A love of music
Tastes for food
Tendency to worry
Your musical taste
Zest for life