It would be so nice if my children had inherited only my best qualities, plus their father’s best qualities too. Then, they would have been brilliant, talented and gorgeous. But that’s not how it worked out. For one thing, they’ve got qualities, such as athleticism and self-discipline, that neither my husband nor I have. (We’re both driven, not self-disciplined.) Also, they inherited a good dose of our horribles too: stubbornness, temper, etc. Both my husband and I have, for these many years, been much more appreciative of what our own parents went through with us. Bruce Kesler has also been thinking about his mother and her parenting experiences.