I am from waaaaay the other end of the age spectrum, looking back on it all now. In summary, I think chilldren will be like their parents. If you want your child to be some way that you are not, I would suggest that is a losing battle. Children will say damn and f**k if you do; they won't if you don't. Children will booze if you do, otherwise probably not. Children will be lascivious if you are, otherwise I doubt it. Children will read books if you do, otherwise likely show little interest. Children will respect the intellect if you do, otherwise I doubt it. Children will respect a religious faith if you do, otherwise I doubt it. Children will certainly be atheist if you are; why not in this society. Now everyone tell me there are exceptions, and of course I know there are, because in some ways I am an exception too compared to my parents. But generally speaking we were a bookish, academically-oriented, tee-totalling, Christian sort of family, and I am not surprised to see that our four children are pretty much the same way. Not exactly, of course, but there are no great deviations in the example areas I used above. We made regular visits to the library, bookstores and book sales, and surrounded our children with stacks of age-appropriate books from day one. There wasn't room for inappropriate books and our children ended up reading several years above grade level. By the time they were fourteen they were already reading anything in sight. That is long and boring I know, and maybe not quite responsive to the thread but, then again, it is only the once you'll see it. :flowers: Good luck.