Whichever social science you study you are more than likely to come across the nature/nurture debate. As a parent with most things I find the best stance to take with these arguments is the middle ground.
After all I want my wee man to be open to change and have heroes who can point him in a positive direction. Change can be a good thing, pushing us out of our comfort zone making us try new things that we are not particularly comfortable with.
Yet I don't want him to loose those pieces that make him well him. From birth his personality started to show through. Often you will hear me or his daddy saying we have no idea where he gets it from.
It's big and it's cheeky and it's fun and often loud. I swear you can hear my son for miles and he just never stops...the talking, the moving.
We have gone through different stages of how willing he was to express it but it has always been there. Now he is slowly starting to make friends in the playground, seeking others out and he shows himself willing to share, up for an adventure.
Sometimes it comes across as confidence and then sometimes he is not too sure. Those are the times I think he is most vulnerable to change and influence and I as a mummy try to mould it the best way I can. I don't want to hold him back but I don't want to push him too far. I'll be honest it's a bit tricky.
One thing is for sure his personality is a beautiful thing and as a mummy I have the pleasure of watching it grow.