Children will eventually reinforce their parents’ lives, unless they get to change the way they live. As a child, I was constantly being conditioned, but unless we’re allowed to make our own decisions, children will go on to live their parents’ lives. This is particularly true of cultured families.
We’re all born into families based around culture, but whereas some children will be allowed to make their own decision about how they live their lives, others will unconsciously be moulded to live their parents’ lives, based around their parents’ culture. Unless children work to change certain aspects of their lives as adults, they will eventually hold the same cultural values and live the same lives as their parents.
Given the environment and different experiences we experience and the fact that children are growing up in a different era, the way parents’ live and the way children want to live their lives, won’t always be the same. Although it’s hard for any parent to watch their child live their lives with different cultural beliefs, it’s important for a child’s spiritual growth, they be allowed to make their own decisions about their lives.
It’s important to guide children so that they are aware of their roots and that’s accepted. Roots form the foundations for children to feel like they belong, but it must be up to children to choose their own lives and beliefs for themselves. Without it and speaking from my own experience that part is enormously difficult, almost impossible.