Children are only responsible for their obedience, not for their parent’s parenting.
While a parent may not be responsible for the behavior of his or her children (see STFL #12). A parent is responsible for giving his or her children the tools necessary to behave well.
This includes teaching right and wrong, the rules of common ettiquette and polite behavior, how to cope with their passionate feelings appropriately, etc.
A child not taught these things may choose to behave well, but they may be coarse and rude in the process because they weren’t given the tools they should have been given. A child that is taught these things may choose to misbehave and do so in a way that is polite and quite immoral. Neither of these outcomes is the result or responsibility of their parents.
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