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IV 5. Are parents responsible for bad behavior in children?

As is the seed, so is the plant: The children of today take after their parents. The tree is based on the seed and the seed determines the nature of the tree. For the evil ways and bad behaviour of children today, the parents alone are to be blamed. Few parents choose to tell their children to speak the truth, to act righteously and earn a good name.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1992
For all the bad ways followed by youth today, for all their wayward behaviour and bad conduct, the parents are to blame.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1993
In several cases it is the parents who are responsible for the wrong path which the children are taking to. The responsibility for ruining the children squarely rests with the parents.
Sathya Sai Baba, Summer Showers 1974
The parents are responsible for the good or bad conduct of the students. It is the parents who lead children to the highest levels or cause their fall to the lowest depths.
Sathya Sai Baba, 6 May 1992