I downloaded a premium theme and started to make edits such as backgrounds, menus etc....
I then read that I should really be doing this through a child theme. I therefore created a child theme and started by referencing the style.css file back to the parent folder.
When I activated the child theme however, all of the changes I had made to the parent theme disappeared. I then reactivated the parent theme, and they all came back.
My question is why is this happening? Shouldn't the changes I have already made be reflected in the parent theme style.css and therefore should appear when I activate the child theme given this is just referencing the parent theme style.css?
Many thanks for your help.