As a child I had no idea about life and about my parents’ role, I just assumed they looked after and cared for me and that they had my best interests. Some of us may be conditioned from an early age to accept the life our parents choose for us. Parents may often parent the way they have been taught and the cycle continues and that’s not always good.
From my parents’ parenting, having children of my own made me more aware of my own parenting. Children should be encouraged to make their own choices and way in life, with a little help from their parents, but not use control as a means to parent.
I always try to use encouragement and positivity as a means of communication and although I follow spiritual values that bring more clarity into my decisions and my life and for my children too, I don’t insist my children follow my spiritual path.
I would like to think that some of the values associated with my own spiritual beliefs, which are part of what the universe tells us, such as simplicity, understanding, sincerity, empathy, compassion and loyalty are ones that my children will want to embrace too, further on in their lives.
Having lived the other side of the coin I still don’t believe it’s right for any parent to force their child’s hand.