My hubby and I come from different backgrounds. Although neither was raised as a JW, he was in a very religious household. As kids they were forced to read the Bible everyday after school, while the neighborhood kids played outside. Forced to go to several services through the week. When he got to be a teenager, he rebelled, got into trouble, did a lot of foolish things and eventually straightened out.
In my household, there was no religion, no bibles. Things were just presented as being wrong or right. Like stealing is wrong, lying is wrong. Helping someone in need is the right thing to do. My father had problems with drinking and so there were a lot of rough times in growing up. I could see first hand what poor decisions could do to a family.
Back to my original thought. I see a lot of people who were raised in a very strict religious home, rebelling or not making good decisions. I wonder if it was because they were never allowed to grow a conscience of their own, be able to reason things out. They were taught that this would please/displease God and once they left religion then there was nothing left for them to base decisions on.
I also see a lot of parents going to such extremes on certain things. Like I know one set of parents that won't have an ounce of alchohol(spelling?) in their house, because they don't want their children exposed to it. So they go out to drink and sometimes overindulge. We've had beer or wines in our home, but don't drink all that often or get drunk. We once had a 6-pack in our fridge for over a year. Our kids kept asking us when we were going to drink it. We just wanted to show them, you can have that in your home and it doesn't lead to getting drunk. It is about balance.
Enough rambling, anyone understand what I'm trying to say?