As children, we have no idea about our parents’ roles, in any great detail. We may assume they look after and care for us, we may also assume they have our best interests at heart.
As children, we may also sometimes be conditioned from an early age to accept the life our parents choose for us. They may parent the way they have been parented and the cycle continues. Children should be encouraged to make their own choices, with the help of parental support.
I try to use encouragement and positivity as a means of communication with my children, and although I follow spiritual values that bring more clarity into my life around my decisions, I don’t force my children to follow the same values.
Instead, because they have had access to my values, I would like to think that some of my spiritual values, such as simplicity, understanding, sincerity, empathy, compassion and loyalty are ones that my children will want to embrace.
Although there is no pressure, I hope they bring their own understanding of what being spiritual means, in its wider context.