As a child I had no idea about life and about my parents’ role, I assumed they looked after and cared for me and thought they always had my best interests.
Looking back my beliefs were my parents’ beliefs. As children we are sometimes conditioned from an early age to accept a life our parents choose for us. They parent the way they have been parented and the cycle continues.
Having children of my own made has 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 with my children and although I follow spiritual values that bring more clarity into my decisions, for my children; I don’t insist they 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 further on in their lives.
It’s not right for parents to force their children’s hand.