Similarities Between Children And Their Parents Essay

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Similarities Between Children And Their Parents

The Similarities and Differences Between Parents and Their Children
The transition from childhood to adulthood is a journey undergone by all, but all in a
different way. While some people believe that the maturation process is a time for one to
develop one's individuality and uniqueness from one's parental figures, others believe
that growing up is a fine-tuning of beliefs, morals and ideology passed down from
generation to generation. The old saying A chip of the old block in most cases applies to
every human, regardless of how different one may seem from one's parents. Qualities are
inherited that cannot be suppressed and will always prevail despite how much one may want
to differ form one's parents. While protruding into this topic, valuable issues must be
discussed; moral ideology, lifestyles, social influences, and physical attributes are all
factors in the distinction between a child and his/her parents.

Morals are one of the key ingredients in raising a child. These thoughts are passed from
the parent to the youngster from birth and possibly even as far as death. Parents are
always helping the development of morals weather intentional or through actions displayed
by the parent. Although a parent may not even realize that morals are being taught, the
idea of good and bad are presented even in the act of disciplining a child. Kids grow up
learning how to handle situations from past experiences and the lessons that have been
attained. Perhaps a simple example of this rational is the lesson of truth. When a child
lies to his/her mother, the mother reprimands the child and disciplinary action may be
taken. If appropriately used, the punishment will teach the child that it is unacceptable
to lie. As time progresses, the child will usually develop an understanding to tell the
truth. This is important in comparing a child from a parent because if the parent never
learned that it is inappropriate to lie, then the child will most likely understand the
importance of truth because truth was not a moral prevalent in the child's upbringing.
Although parents most often teach commendable lessons, negative morals can also be
developed in a person due to actions taken by the parent in the past. For example, it is a
possibility that a parent is always pushing a child to attend church. When the child
loathes attending services and tries at all costs to avoid them, a resistance to religion
can be formed. The child can develop excuses as to why attending church is pointless and
begin to believe these reasons. Further down in life a complete opposition to religion
could possibly be established based on the roots of a boring mass. Now the parent whose
morals are set in organized religion has a child who has drifted away from religion and
entirely new ideas are developed in his/her mind. Morals play an important part in
comparing and contrasting the similarities between a parent and a child. The presence of
morals usually is passed down to the child, however sometimes the moral ideology presents
itself in a completely different manner that proposes opposition between parents and
children.

While morals are very relevant to the discussion of behavioral similarities and
differences between parents and children, lifestyles and the reasons behind a chosen
lifestyle is also a prevalent topic in the discussion. Some people tend to choose a
similar path that their parents have chosen, while others choose to break away and take a
completely alternate route. The way one lives depends largely upon his/her personality and
motivation, which in turn, is greatly effected by the parents. If one is brought up in an
environment that is very neat and tidy, most likely that person will follow the habits of
growing up in that manner and will continue to keep things orderly. The effect can be best
described in terms of the word imitation. Because the child is so used to doing things a
certain way, when the absence of the parent arises, the habits are carried over. Usually
this process goes either one of two ways: the child either mimics the parent's habits or
the child develops a resistance. Typically when youths reach college, they are so tired of
doing things the right way that a form of rebellion occurs. The whole lifestyle is
rearranged now that the parental figure is missing, and things are free to go as they
please. This typically happens when one is forced to do something against one's will. This
occurrence is very similar to the changing of morals due to a disliked aspect of life.
Another example of this is displayed in Alice Walker's Everyday Use. In this story, Dee,
one of the daughters, leaves home due to her strong-willed ways (exactly like her mother.)
Dee leaves the home for city life, a completely different lifestyle, and returns with the
same hard-headedness. However, she now leads a life entirely opposite to that which she
was raised in. Dee's new name, Wangero, is possibly a sign of rebellion from her mother.
The two are so much alike that they are torn apart because they both stand up for what
they want, regardless of the reasons that they hold. The path in life that one chooses is
most definitely caused by the way one is raised, weather or not the path is similar is
dependent upon many aspects of growing up.

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