That is DEFINITELY My Kid.

This post was inspired by The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives sit down for a tension filled dinner to discuss a tragedy that can change both families’ lives forever. Join From Left to Write on October 29 as we discuss The Dinner.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


One thing that seems so obvious about being a parent is the fact that your kids will more than likely be a lot like you, from the mannerisms to the habits–they are all picked up from you without any permission. Some are fantastic habits,  others?  Not so much.

In “The Dinner” the son of the main character was just like him,  scarily so.  As the story unfolded more and more similar mannerisms came to light. This got me thinking about my own kids and how they are similar to myself and my husband.



Although they are both so young, they share my love of commercial Jingles.  I am pretty sure one of the first phrases I heard from my  baby was “nationwide is on your side”. I have always loved commercials as a kid and it really doesn’t surprise me that these kids love them too!

So as a family we sing along with commercials because it is awesome.


I am pretty sure all kids love to dance but my kids dance for no reason – – in the bathtub,  during dinner,  everywhere! The older one usually spins in circles and does somersaults and the youngest one is usually flapping his arms and bouncing up and down. It is quite the sight!

Usually if I am practicing a routine for class,  they will surround me and try to mimic my movements.  Lately the older one has been telling my husband to “spin her around!” (it has to be his Latino genes! WEPA!)

The tough part though?  Try getting spun by your 4 year old. That is no easy feat.



I am friendly. I love to say hi to folks, go to networking events, conferences etc.  My oldest wasn’t very friendly until recently.

The baby is definitely the most friendliest of all.

On his walk to daycare every morning he has to say hi to every single person he sees. He is best friends with ALL of the crossing guards. Usually this slows the walk down tremendously.  He is always waving and giving high fives along the way,  he really is my baby!


What do you have in common with your children? If you are not a mom, what do you have most in common with your parents? Are you a fan of the Jingles?



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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Both my girls are like me in different ways. Emma is more like me as a kid being shy at times, but so very good natured. Lily, is more me now, with being outgoing and always wanting to befriend whoever she meets. Also, they both share my love of all things the color pink and love to dance just like I do whenever they hear good music. I am sure there is more and this just the tip of the iceberg, but yes I do agree our kids are quite a bit like us and so fun to see them emulate us at times :)
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  2. Pookah has my stubbornness. And that is NOT a good thing! LOL. He is also slow to warm up,(Like me) Also, he thinks like me. I can almost see what he is thinking because it’s the same thing I would have thought! LOL And he has the most amazing imagination, which I’m told is like me when I was a child. :-) Basically, he looks like my husband but thinks like me. A fair trade off!
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  3. Chunks has my love to laugh-ness. We can find a joke in ANYTHING! He used to be slow to warm up to others like me but now he is completely like his dad and can make conversation with anyone (often).
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  4. Now I have the Nationwide jingle in my head! I can’t stop singing them. Any of them. My kids both resemble me or my side of the family mostly, so I’m always surprised to find ways in which we differ! In similarities, Des and I are both more sensitive and anxious than Scarlet and Cassidy. And they’re both so infectiously happy and friendly and I like to believe I am too!
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  5. i have an interesting factoid for you. the jingle “like a good neighbor, state farm is there,” was written by barry mannilow.
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  6. It will be interesting to see how much they change as they get older. My oldest used to be super friendly (when he was really little) then about 2nd grade he started being much shyer around others (not me!). I was shy growing up, too.
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    • Hmm so there is a chance the baby may change his friendliness. I think I was super friendly growing up so we shall see!

  7. Awww! I can see your smile in the baby’s smile! I love it! Hmm…my son seems to do things intentionally that I do. He mimmicks my cleaning, me sucking my teeth at the TV when the Cowboys do something outrageous on the field. Perhaps he has my shyness as a kid. I will have to ask my hubby. I feel like so far it’s hard to see myself in him so young. Besides being shy and mimicking just about everything like wiping things down and trying to use the broom to sweep, etc, I’m not too sure :)
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  8. “Spin her!” – adorable! Nia is persistent and a bit impatient like I am. She also shares my Type-A attention to detail; it’s frustrating sometimes but I appreciate it for the most part. I love how she’s goofy like my husband though. A perfect blend! That books sounds interesting btw like it would make a good play. I’ll have to check it out.
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    • attention to detail is such a great characteristic!! It will take her far in the long run :) The goofyness is great too, sounds like she is super balanced. I love that!

  9. your kids are soooo cute!! My little one is just starting to show her personality, I can see how in some ways she’s like me and others like her dad. This post was a good reminder to work on my bad habits!!
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    • Thanks babe. Those bad habits get exposed quickly when the kids are around. My husband saw my some biting his nails and immediately blamed me. Oops.

  10. Your kids are gorg!! My oldest is a spitting image of his dad but is friendlier like I am. But they eat some of the same foods that I absolutely hate like corn and bananas. I know it’s random but those two things they can eat for days and I can’t stand the sight of them. Also my oldest sounds EXACTLY like my hubby which I can’t stand at times lol. Love him and all but we don’t need two of them around the house. One is enough! We all love music. My baby loves to dance and starts dropping it like it’s hot as soon as he hears music. Whether he’s in the car or at home he’s bouncing!
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  11. Yes I sing jingles too. Our poor cat Oreo gets sung the Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo cookie song pretty much every day. I can’t help myself. My daughter is very much like both my husband and I as adults, where the boys are more like us as kids personality wise. I feel like that is kind of strange, but maybe it isn’t.
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  12. I sound exactly like my mother. To a T!
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  13. So cute! My father and I share money hustles and TV show programming. My mother and I share fashion :)

  14. I can so relate to this. My first boy is so my kid. We have the same personality, the same maneurism it’s crazy. When I see him act or behave, I totally just see myself. Best of all, he is attached to my hip.
    My baby on the other hand is so my hubby’s child it’s not even funny. I love that we got one of each. Tie breaker on the way over here :).
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  15. Every time one of my boys’ teachers complains how they talk non stop in class, I smile. I usually tell them they get it from me and it worked out for me as I am a Speech Therapist and talk all day long:) I love how my kids are older now and they want to identify with me in some things! It’s a bond!
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    • I love that Leah!! It is really great to identify with your parents more, I find myself doing that with my mom all the time now that I think of it!

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