Yes, childhood is when we learn how to interact with our world. We learn the difference between right and wrong, we learn respect for others, trust, we learn our self value and self respect. How you treat yourself and others is determined from the environment you are raised in. What you determine is important in life, what has meaning and what does not, what is worth pursuing etc. It has been proven in various studies that children who do not form secure bonds with their caregivers as children have hard times forming appropriate relationships as adults, they have a greater tendency to be alcoholics, and to abuse substances. What is learned in childhood such as the way dad treated mom etc stays with you through adulthood and will often be used as your guide whether it is conscious or unconscious. You may follow it to a tee or you may strive to break free, but you use it as a guide none-the-less!