8Hear, my son, your father's instruction,1) Teaching begins at home (father's instruction and mother's teaching) and thus parents should seek to bring up their children with this wisdom and fear of the Lord. Once again, what is the book of proverbs for? It's for biblical and godly instruction. It's not for "general wisdom" for "all people." No, this is for true wisdom, which is accessible only via Jesus Christ. It is the only wisdom, through Christ our living Word. The world knows nothing of this. It is only through Scripture that we have this.
and forsake not your mother's teaching,
There is no neutrality with God. It is either "for" or "against." When you become parents (or as you are parents), don't fall into the secular trap that your children can make an informed decision on their own. Do not underestimate the depravity of man. It is only through faithful teaching and preaching of the Word and Wisdom of God that manhood will come about. To let the teaching of God's Wisdom go by is to give the culture and it's ruler a foothold in your children.
Teach your children what it means to be Christian. What it means to really embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior. Don't insult them by thinking they're too young to learn. Instruction begins, like for Timothy, from infancy. I'm not saying that you can force someone to believe, but do you think neglecting their spiritual instruction, even for a period of time, will help them?
2) The charge is for the son to obey the father's instruction and the mother's teaching. Raising children is a household affair. It is not the place for the father to say "I'm working to make money for you to eat, the wife will take care of the rest" nor is it the place of the mother to say "the father is supposed to lead, he'll teach the kids." Both parents must demonstrate their firm commitment to proclaiming Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior, revealed through the Holy Scriptures, and this begins by faithful instruction from both parents. Yes, there are areas where the parents have different roles in the upbringing of the children, but do not think instruction and spiritual teaching is one of these. This is a joint affair, and not one to be neglected.
Of course, those are all side points, and not really the main point of the verse. What is the main point of the verse?
Eh, I'm tired. Come back tomorrow. Haha.