I'll bet they would! Being closer to their age than yours I can see their point of view. However, having worked my way up through the ranks as you've been doing, and teaching in university many years as things have been changing I also see yours. We get these "messages" from all directions; they are "projections" into our psyche from others, through us about ourselves and the world and at some point we have to sit back and determine how much they are "reality."
My father went to work when he was nine. Not everyone's father does! That was a burden I carried with me for a long time.