A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent (15:5, NKJV). The heart of a child learns a great deal from the parents – so much so that as the parents are, then the child will be (or likely so). If the parents (even one of them) live foolishly, that foolishness is likely to be a learned behavior by the child. How often it is that one will hear of the behavior of a child in school being out of place, but one only has to look at the parents to why this is. Thus, when the parents learn the unfortunate mannerism of their child’s way, it is often too late to instruct the child away from such behavior. On the other hand, if the parents are living the life one should live, then the children will also see this and see the importance of upright behavior.