how much influence did/do your parents have over your values and beliefs? the reason I'm asking is my mother pretty much flipped out at me last night and yelled (and I quote) now, here's the thing. I understand "as long as you're our son, you live by our rules" and stuff along those lines. but I figure values are something a little more personal, something that parents don't really have any say in. after all, though they may have legal custody over me, they don't own my brain, heart, soul, whatever you wish to call it. that, if nothing else, is very much my own. but that's just my take. I may be an idiot.