How do you think people get their personalities?
I think it’s mainly from the environment a person lives it.
Don’t you think people get their personalities from their parents?
No, but parents control a lot of the environment that kids grow up in, so they certainly influence their kid’s personalities a lot.
So why do you think many kids have personalities that are so different to their parents?
Maybe when they become teenagers, they want to be completely different to their parents.
You might be right. I guess most parents want their kids to be like them, but kids today grow up in a different environment. You know, they know much more about the world from the internet, newspapers, and TV.
Do you think that teenagers get a lot of their bad behaviour from TV and movies?
Maybe some of it. I think a lot of people blame TV and movies when the real problem is that the parents aren’t bringing their child up correctly.
Parents have a difficult job. They have to bring up their children and usually have to work too.
Yes, that’s true. Your son is doing well at school, isn’t he?
Yes, he is. He’s very hardworking when he’s at school. Then he comes home from school and does his homework before dinner. After dinner, he goes out with his friends.
So, he’s not a bookworm? It’s good that he has an outgoing personality. Some kids are very quiet and introverted. You wonder how they’ll survive in the real world without their parents to support them.