It is very important, not to mention generally ideal, for a child to have both of his or her parents around, and that is especially true while they are growing up. There are plenty of television shows, books, and films that feature families that have both a mother and a father.
However, something that is much less talked about are those who raise their children as a solo parent. There are plenty of fathers who bring up children on their own, and the same is true for mothers as well.
Being a solo parent is never an easy task, as parenting, in general, is a very difficult thing to do. However, according to accredited-times.com, solo mothers were especially not very popular amongst society many years ago.
However, while being a solo mom is still hard, it is much more common these days, thus meaning that it is discussed more than it used to be. There are various reasons why some women raise their children without the donor parent around.
However, the donor can still have a lot of influence on the child when it comes to what genes the little one inherits from them. Children can inherit a lot of things from both of their parents. Here are some of the things they might get from the donor.
20 Similar Finger Print Patterns
There are a lot of things that make every person different than anyone else in the world. One of those things is our fingerprints.
Also, according to thoughtco.com, scientists used to think fingerprints improved our ability to hold onto things. But now we know that they do not.
No matter how much someone looks like one of their relatives, or acts like them, there is no possibility of them sharing the same fingerprint as that relative. That is why fingerprints are so important.
But there is a chance that a child’s fingerprints might be similar to that of his or her father’s fingerprints. They are not identical, but the patterns might be similar.
19 They Might Get Dimples
Everyone knows that babies are simply adorable. However, there are some pretty specific physical traits that add to their cuteness.
One of those traits is dimples, which seem to be loved by many people. The fun fact about them is that dimples are a dominant trait, which means that only one parent has to have them for the child to have strong chances of having them as well. Furthermore, according to babymed.com, even if the child does not have dimples themselves, they can still pass the gene on to future generations.
So the truth about dimples is that they can come from men and women. If the donor has dimples, mom might discover that her child has them as well, whether she does or not.
18 Their Eye Color Sometimes Comes From The Donor
Nearly every expecting parent wonders what their baby is going to look like. They often think about whether or not the child will inherit their mother’s beautiful smile or their father’s height.
However, those things can be pretty hard to predict because genetics are often quite random. But predicting the of the child’s eyes can be somewhat easy.
If one parent has a recessive trait, such as blue eyes, and the other has brown eyes, which is a dominant trait, then the child is more likely to have brown eyes than they are to have any other color. According to workingmother.com, an interesting fact is that some people’s eyes can change color as they age. But, even if the donor has blue eyes and the mother has brown eyes, there is still a small chance that the child can have blue eyes as well.
17 Their Size Can Be Influenced By The Donor
A child’s mother can have a lot of influence on him or her, and not just because they raise the little one. Mothers have just as much of a genetic impact on children as fathers do.
In fact, it was previously believed that only the size of the mother could influence the size of the child. However, that is actually not true.
According to ctvnews.ca, both parents have an equal influence on the size of their little ones. This means that the donor’s genetic traits can contribute to the weight of a child just as much as the mother can.
16 They Might Share The Donor's Nose
According to dailymail.co.uk, the genes that we inherit from each of our parents have a very great impact on us, including what our faces look like. That is not a huge surprise, as there are many men and women out there who look nearly identical to one or both of their parents.
Furthermore, there are a lot of facial features that can be inherited by both parents. However, when it comes to the shape of the nose, it seems that children are much more likely to take after the donor than their mother. For example, if the donor’s nose is slightly crooked, then the child might grow up to have a nose that is also slightly crooked.
15 Kids May Have Very Similar Facial Expressions
There are a lot of things that make us all very unique from everyone else. However, there are also a lot of things that make each of us quite similar to other people as well.
When it comes to genetics, there are many cases in which children make facial expressions that are very much like a facial expression one of their parents makes as well. So, that means that some of the facial expressions a solo mother sees her child making might come from the donor, or at least the donor’s side of the family.
According to parents.com, these expressions may not be noticeable right away. In fact, it might be approximately six months before a child shows genetically inherited facial expressions.
14 Their Teeth Might Be Similar
There are a lot of very unpleasant feelings we have all experienced at one point in time or another. Furthermore, one of the most unpleasant issues a person can face is problems with their teeth.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to one’s dental health. However, the donor’s genes are pretty powerful here. According to peacequarters.com, if a father has dental issues, his child is very likely to have them as well.
Moms can also pass dental genes to their children. But, the father’s genes are usually more dominant in this area, which is why the donor’s dental health is very important.
13 The Donor And Child Might Have Similar Lips
Every men, woman, and child is unique in their own ways. No one is exactly like another person, no matter how much they might look or act like them, but that does not mean some of us are not nearly identical to other people.
Mothers and fathers can pass a lot of genetic things down to their sons and daughters, and one of them is the appearance of their lips. According to simplecapacity.com, children’s lips are much more likely to look similar to the donor’s lips than the lips their mother has. A child’s father usually holds the more dominant genes when it comes to lips.
12 Their Hair Might Look Alike
Parents can pass a lot of very interesting traits down to their children, and they are not always physical traits. However, there are often a lot of physical similarities between children and their mothers and fathers.
There are some cases in which children end up having hair that looks a lot like the hair their mom has. However, according to timesofindia.com, children are actually a lot more likely to inherit their father’s hair texture than they are to inherit a texture that is similar to the one their mother has. Furthermore, if the donor has dark hair, it is likely that the child will have it as well.
11 Their Intelligence Could Be Influenced By The Donor
There are often a lot of debates over genetics, as they can be a very complicated thing to figure out. Additionally, there are some people who believe that mothers pass more intelligence down to their children than fathers do, which may or may not be true. However, it is important to note that there are a lot of factors that determine a person’s individual intelligence.
But according to dailymail.co.uk, little boys and girls are more genetically linked to their fathers than they are to their mothers. This means that we are much more likely to use the genes our father passed down to us.
10 They Could Share A Sense Of Humor
Pretty much everyone loves to have a good laugh every now and then. Whether we are laughing at a funny movie or television show, or a joke our friend just told us, we all love to laugh.
That is not just a fun thing to do. Laughing is actually very beneficial for multiple reasons. According to helpguide.org, laughter is a wonderful thing that can have a great impact on our health. This is because it can release endorphins, burn calories, and protect the heart, just to name a few things.
One of the things a child might get from his or her donor is their sense of humor. It is possible for them to humor in the same things.
9 They Might Share Certain Behavior
There are some men and women out there who prefer to have calm, quiet surroundings, and they tend not to take many (if any at all) risks. But on the other hand, there are also a lot of people who really enjoy situations that are unpredictable.
If a child’s donor has that kind of personality, it is very likely that the little one will also love to take the occasional risk. Yes, this is actually something that can be passed down from parents to their children.
There is such a thing as a novelty-seeking gene. According to nytimes.com, novelty seeking is something that keeps a person healthy and happy, and it promotes personality growth as well.
8 Kids May Sneeze When They Look At The Sun
There are some very interesting genetic traits out there, and this is certainly one of them. If you have ever sneezed when you have been exposed to sunlight, it is likely that you may have what is referred to as Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst.
According to rightdiagnosis.com, this condition is more commonly known as ACHOO syndrome. For those who don’t already know this, this condition is when someone automatically has to sneeze whenever they are around the sun, or at least an extremely bright light.
Either parent can pass this down to their child, as it is a dominant trait. If the donor sneezes when they are exposed to bright lights or the sun, chances are the child will do so as well.
7 Sleep Patterns Can Be Inherited
There are actually a lot of factors that can make us sleep well at night. Furthermore, there are also a lot of different things that must be taken into consideration for those who are trying to figure out why they or someone they know has issues getting a good nights’ sleep.
However, according to cbsnews.com, one of the factors that is important here is what genetics we inherit from our parents that might be affecting our sleep patterns. Furthermore, if the donor tosses and turns in their sleep, the chances of the child doing the same thing are pretty high.
6 Sons Can Share Heart Health
There are some pretty awesome things we can inherit from our parents. Furthermore, there are also some health issues we can inherit from them as well.
In fact, according to findatopdoc.com, men are much more likely to have heart disease than women are. This is partially because sons can inherit their father’s heart issues. Women have some protection from this due to that female hormone, which is estrogen. So, if solo mothers discover that their sons have heart issues, there is a chance that the little one could have inherited it from the donor. Male children who have fathers with heart disease may be up to 50% more likely to have it themselves.
5 The Donor’s Cleft Chin Can Be Inherited
Dimples are super cute, and some might be surprised to find out that our cheeks are not the only place where they can be found. In fact, some people also have dimples on their chin.
People who have a dimple on their chin have what is called a cleft chin. According to wisegeek.com, some people have other names for this trait as well.
This happens when the lower jaw bone fails to come together in the center. If both the mother and the father of a child had cleft chins, the child’s would definitely have it, and that is because this is a dominant trait. So, if the donor has it, there is a pretty good chance the child will inherit it.
4 Some May Have Their Donor’s Mental Health
Our health is important, and that is true for both our mental and physical health. One important thing to note about mental health is the fact that it can be passed down to our children.
In fact, if the donor has behavioral or psychiatric disorders, it is quite likely that his child might have them as well. This is even truer when it comes to little boys.
According to webmd.com, one of the mental conditions that can be passed down through families is bipolar disorder. If the donor has this condition, there is a 10%-25% chance that the child will have it as well.
3 The Donor Determines Whether The Baby Is Male Or Female
Babies inherit a lot of different things from both their mother and their father. However, one of the things that only the donor’s genes can determine is the gender of the baby.
The reason for this is quite simple, and yet very interesting at the same time. According to thebump.com, a child’s mother can only pass down either of her X chromosomes.
However, the father of the baby can actually pass down either the Y chromosome or the X chromosome. This is what determines whether the baby will be born as a male or a female. If the donor passes the Y chromosome to the child, they would be a boy. If the donor passes down the X chromosome to the baby, the child would be a girl.
2 Sons Might Inherit Infertility
For some people, having biological children is not much of an issue. But on the other hand, there are also men and women who actually have a lot of trouble when it comes to reproducing. Furthermore, there are also cases during which couples might conceive, and yet they may still have an unsuccessful pregnancy.
One of the important things to know about infertility is that it can be passed down to future generations. In fact, according to resourcefulenvironment.com, it is possible that the donor can pass fertility issues down to his children, especially if they are born as a male.
1 The Donor Could Possibly Pass On The Shape Of Their Mouth And Jaw
Some might be surprised to know that the condition of a persons’ teeth is not the only thing that can be inherited from their father. In fact, pretty much every part of our mouth is genetically inherited.
When it comes to genetics, we inherit a lot of things from both our mother and our father. But, according to dailyinformator.com, the father’s genes are usually more dominant when it comes to the child’s mouth, which includes the shape of his or her jaw. However, there are some cases in which children have had faces that were similar to their mother’s face than anyone else’s. Usually, though, we tend to take after our fathers in this area.
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