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 thought they always had my best interests.
Looking back at my belief system then, they were my parents’ beliefs. Some of us are conditioned from an early age to accept a life our parents choose for us. Parents may parent the way they have been taught and the cycle continues.
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 the help of parental support.
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, for my children too. I don’t insist my children follow my path.
I would like to think that some of the values associated with my own spiritual beliefs, such as simplicity, understanding, sincerity, empathy, compassion and loyalty are ones that my children will embrace too further on in their lives.
But I don’t believe it’s right for any parent to force their child’s hand.