The sacrifices, beliefs, and values parents implant in their children will help determine the person they grow up to be. A child is like a sponge that absorbs their parent’s thoughts and viewpoints that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Parents make great sacrifices for the care of their children. Day after day, parents protect their children from danger, attend their cries, and reassure their children after a bad dream. Parents give up many necessities for their children everyday. In the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, the father displays the sacrifices he makes for this son. The father’s “cracked hand that ached”, shows he sacrificed pain and discomfort for this child (576). The father takes no thought for this own confront. Also, self- sacrificing this own warmth so his child could wake up to a warm house. The father would get up in the “blueblack cold”, to make a fire (576). The sacrifices parents make for their children will have an impact on them when they become parents.
Beliefs are taught to children in subtle ways such as just listening to their parent’s conversations. It’s not uncommon to overhear a child explain something as being absolutely true because what their parents have told them. In the poem “The Victims” by Sharon Olds, the children hated their father because of the beliefs the mother instilled in her children. Their mother “taught us [them] to take it, to hate you…”(830). The children pick up the hate the mother had against their father and this begun the hatred for their father. In “The Death of a Salesman”, the father sets a foundation of beliefs for his son Biff. The father believes that all it takes to be successful in life is to be well liked. He tells his son, “Be liked and you will never want. You take me, for instance. I never have to wait in line to see a buyer. ‘Willy Loman is here!’ That’s all they need to kno...