Ziedonis Rijkuris Posted almost 3 years ago To what extent should parents take control of their children? My children are 7,5,2 and 2 1/2 months. 1 girl and 3 boys (in that order) there still very young, but already we can see their talents growing in very different streems. My daughter is highly athletic and loves working with visual arts. My eldest son is already interested in math and problem solving, and very much dislikes sport. My two year old is highly energetic and is my first left hander, and is very inclined toward music and singing. and my youngest is obviously too young to tell yet, but at least he is a very happy and smiley boy, so I look forward to seeing how he grows. now that i have identified their interests and talents and it is only a matter of helping them in those directions. but this is my (and my wife's) personal philosophy on raising our children. we do not preach these methods to others or judge anyone else for employing their own method they see fit.