I do not believe parents should exert a lot of control over their children because too much control would take away from the child's individuality.Granted parents should know everything about what their child is doing. My personal experience with my children is that i do not exert a lot of control and allow them to make their own choices in life. I am here for them to talk to and express what they would like to do in life or experiences they chose. I believe that it has made for a stronger less controlled bond with them. I do not agree with parents exerting more control however more of a guidance as opposed to control their every actions.
Yes in fact I do believe that parents should control the majority of a child's life. I believe a child does not have the right to make choices for himself until he/she is at least 16 1/2. If you let your child make his/her own decisions in life at an early age you are asking nothing but trouble. Yes children should learn from their mistakes but there are some mistakes that a child shouldn't be allowed to make. Also if you did not know while a child is still a minor the majority of his/her actions are taken responsibility by the parent or guardian of the child. Do you think I would let my child run amok causing trouble in public just for the sake that I want him/her to have more freedom than usual. No I would rather be strict with a well behaved child than loose with the anti-Christ for a child.