"From whence also Parents are warned to be very careful, that by their Example or Negligence, those first softned Circumstances of their Childrens Minds are not pass'd over without suitable Applications, to forming them a right, filling them with Learning and Knowledge, and with just Principles, both religious and moral; above all, that they receive no bad Impressions from the Practice of their Parents, whose Example, especially in Evil, takes such deep Root in their Children, that nothing is more difficult to remove."
— Defoe, Daniel (1660?-1731)
Text from The Family Instructor: In Three Parts; I. Relating to Fathers and Children. II. To Masters and Servants. III. To Husbands and Wives. (London: Printed for Eman. Matthews, 1715). <Link to Vol. I in ECCO-TCP>