"But I think parents aren't teachers anymore. Parents - or a whole lot of us, at least - lead by mouth and not example. It seems to me if a child's hero is their father or mother - or even better, both of them in tandem - then the rough road of learning and experience is going to be smoothed some. And every bit of smoothing helps, in this rough old world that wants children to be miniature adults, devoid of charm and magic and the beauty of innocence."
Boy's Life, by Robert McCammon. Buy. Now.