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What Beliefs Are You Passing on to Your Children?

Randy Gage | all things healing

Every parent wants the best for their kids. Yet millions of adults unknowingly sabotage their children’s chances for success.

I grew up poor. I was jealous of rich people and didn’t like them. So over the years I kept trying to get rich, not realizing that my subconscious mind was telling me, “Better stop doing that, or you’ll become one of the evil, mean, nasty rich people!”

The messages against wealth and prosperity are all around us, in our culture, media, and religions. But how many parents stop to think about how their own views on getting ahead influence their children’s ability to succeed?

Your core beliefs about everything related to prosperity – money, relationships, health, and spirituality – are set by the time you’re 10 years old. And no one influences those beliefs more than parents.

Millions of parents do this by conveying a negative vision of prosperity and success. If you tell yourself things like “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” and “I’m always a day late and a dollar short,” you will, consciously or subconsciously, convey these messages to your kids.

The truth is it’s really not that hard to change your beliefs – If you are aware of them and make that choice. Here are some tips:

*  Identify negative beliefs you may be creating in your children — Do some critical thinking about what kind of beliefs you developed in childhood about money, rich people and wealth. Honestly ask yourself, are you programming your children with thoughts such as money is bad, rich people are evil, or it’s spiritual to be poor? I call these “mind viruses.” Defeating them starts with acknowledging you have them.

 Help kids identify anti-prosperity media messages: Did you ever stop to think about how blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar portray wealth, and how those stories can set kids up with attitudes that sabotage their future success? Talk to your kids about the subliminal messages they receive on TV, in movies and other media. Help them to become self-motivated critical thinkers.

 Create a positive vision of prosperity: Examine how you react to families with more wealth than yours when speaking to your kids. Do you discuss them with envy or jealousy, or admiration and respect? Talk to your kids about how their thoughts about wealth can shape their future.

People have a hard time believing they are sabotaging their prosperity at age 30, 40, or 50 because of a belief that was formed when they were six, but I see it all the time. And that’s the book that gets written, unless you become aware of the plotline and decide to change the story.

Whether you and your children are on the path to poverty or prosperity is determined by the thoughts you give precedence to. Your thoughts come from the type of vision you have.


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  1. I am concerned that this article is devoid of any spiritual concepts. I get the references to prejudices being etched on our tabula rasa. Our conscious mind has not developed till age 6, with which to temper our subconscious mind’s interpretations of insults or prejudices. And to say that rich people should be “respected” is appropriate, but to say that they should be unqualifiedly “admired” for simply being rich diminishes other types of “rich(es)” that people may have. Being an attorney, who eschews the corporate or other more money-making areas of law, does not mean that I am to be less admired for choosing not to be rich simply by protecting other people’s money. I chose a general practice which sought to help people through difficult situations, primarily in the Probate & Family and sometimes the Juvenile and other Courts. To then step back from that career for some time and doing work in the alternative medical field, which has allowed me to home school my child is also something worthwhile. This is not about my ego, of course; it is simply one story.
    I teach my son to respect others, no matter who they are or what they do. And I don’t use the terms he or she is a “bad person” or a “good person”; rather that they are being a “bad choice person” or a “good choice person”, so that no one is written off and that everyone can be better and try to live up to the level of the God spark in each of us. I believe in neuroplasticity to help people get beyond their limitations, but this article came across as giving people a pass for whatever they do as long as they’re rich. The fact that 85 families in the world control just under 50% of the world’s assets is a problem and the level of inequality in the world is a problem, and that comes from people making bad and selfish choices and corporatized media going along with it. How about if we try to continue elevating the energy of everyone, facilitate the waking up of our brothers and sisters, be humble enough to say when we are wrong, and stop thinking that our representatives will save the world for us, but get out their and take, and make, our own actions for a better future. Thank you and may your paths continue to be blessed.

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