It's actually shown that childhood directly effects what you will probably do in your future, to say it has a massive effect on your life is an understatement, tons of variables come into play to form an environment of your childhood. Such as environment, education, quality of parenting, so many things effect your childhood, which in turns leaves a lasting impression on the rest of your life.
How much does your childhood experience define who you are today?
Every time I do the right thing, I can thank my parents for that. For every time I've had the courage to apologize for doing the wrong thing, I can thank my parents for that, too.
My shrink says I have my over-protective mom to thank for my anxiety disorder, but I've met plenty of people with under-protective parents, and I think I got the better deal. I can't fault Mom for trying too hard at her job.
I can also thank my parents for my education, not only insofar as they paid for it, but they also nurtured it by reading to me, and helping me learn to read.
I'll probably never be rich, and I may even be forever crushed by debt, but I was blessed with good parents and good siblings. I'll take that over money any day.