"A Father's "mussar" stays with his child even when he is not there with him"
The guidance of a father is a wonderful thing. It makes a very
strong impression on a child for many years to come. We see this by Yosef haTzaddik.
When he came to a hard test, the face of his father suddenly appeared to him. We, too,
should think before sinning ( G-d forbid). We have to realize that not only are we causing
damage to ourselves, but we are also shaming our parents. People will say to our
parents, "How could you have raised a child who would do that ?!"
It is important to remember that we, alone, are not able to decide the best path for
ourselves. Rather, we should think about "the guidance of our fathers " . We should
remember how they acted and their wonderful deeds, and learn from them the straight and
beautiful path we should choose.