Not being a parent should not be a reason for excluding such people from having firm views and concepts on the issue if parental guidance.
I believe that its ironic that most people's thoughts on parental guidance are formed before they themselves become parents ,and these thoughts are formed by the parental guidance they were exposed to as children. The parental guidance I received from my parents have much influenced my thoughts and beliefs on this subject.
I'll cite one example of where parental guidance is important ; education. When I enrolled as a Freshman at the local ( Greenwich Ct. ) High School , my mother insisted I select the "Commercial Course" which I did , not knowing this Course was training for secretarial employment. ( I wonder if my mother knew this.). After only one week , I was "yanked" out of Public School and sent to Catholic School , a transistion I much hated.
After two years in Catholic School I returned to GHS , but again only for two week because I transferred to Wright Tech because I had acquired an intense interest in electricity ,and I schooling in the electrical field.
This was done over my Mother's objections , because she disapproved of my decision. The point is , what was of keen interest to me was of no interest to my mother. That, I submit, is not sound parental guidance.
The views of other CM members on this important subject are most welcome.