The Generational Effect

As a parent, you possess the amazing ability to mold and shape other human beings.

It’s amazing and just a little bit unsettling to think how our attitudes and actions influence our children, isn’t it?

I like to say that we are what we teach, and we teach what we are.

Think about your own upbringing for a moment. Can you see how–in your own  life–you are a product of the very things your parents were passionate about? For example, my musician parents are passionate about music; consequently, I grew up studying music, playing instruments, and singing. I paid my own way through college partly via music scholarships. As a result, all of my children are musical. Yes, I count relentless beat-boxing as musical. What’s a band without percussion? LOL

If I go back another generation, I can see how my grandparents and their interest determined, in part, who my parents are today.

My husband grew up with a focus on sports and athletic pursuits as a direct result of his family’s passion for exercise and sports. All of my kids enjoy sports and are athletic, and even I have made strides in that direction due to my husband’s influence, which is built upon his family’s influence on him.

My children are directly and indirectly affected by the attitudes and actions of their parents, their grandparents, and their great-grandparents, and so. Your children are also products of your attitudes and actions, those of your parents, those of your grandparents, and so on.

Isn’t that fascinating to consider?

What things in your life are you passionate about? How have your kids picked up on those things and carried them into their own lives? Your interests and the things that you are passionate about will likely be passed down to your grandchildren in some form or others. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

The same is true of our attitudes; we most definitely pass these on to our children. Our attitudes are influenced by the attitudes of our parents in some way. They may be the direct opposite of that of our parents, but there is a link there. Somewhere.

What were your parents’ attitudes about your education? How does that affect your view of your children’s education? Moreover, how does that affect your children’s view of their education?

If bad educational experiences are lurking in our backgrounds and affecting our thinking, a negative attitude towards schools and education could be the outgrowth in our children. The opposite is also true. If we as parents are excited to learn new things, our children are likely to be inspired by learning as well!

Have you ever thought about how your attitudes about education are reflected in your children’s attitudes about education? How can you influence their attitudes for the best and then channel those positive attitudes into behaviors that propel your children forward, with excellence, into an exciting and promising future?

That is precisely what you will learn in the pages of The Self-Propelled Advantage. That and much, much more.


About the Author

Joanne Calderwood has been called America’s Homeschool Mom. She is an underwhelmed Mom of eight great kids, owner of, and an author and columnist. Her new book, The Self-Propelled Advantage: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Independent, Motivated Kids Who Learn with Excellence, enables parents to teach their kids to teach themselves with excellence.


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