The song was written by Atkins with Brian Gene White and Steve Dean. White explained to The Boot
that the origins of the song lay in Atkins discovering that his son, Elijah had been singing his 2006 hit "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" to his teachers. Said White: "I wrote the song with a buddy of mine, Steve Dean and Rodney. Rodney was coming into the writing appointment and he was late by a few minutes. He said, 'I'm sorry guys, I had to stop by the daycare and talk to Elijah's teacher. She wanted to talk to me because Elijah was standing in line going, "If you're going through Hell, hell, hell." And I said, "You know, you probably don't want him saying that."' Rodney said, 'I want him to understand the sentiment of the song, but I have to teach him not to say that.' I told him, 'Man, he's just watching you. He's picking up on what Dad does.'
Rodney's eyes lit up and he goes, 'Wow. We need to write that.' We wrote that that day, wrote the verse and the chorus and talked about what the second verse would be about, and the fact that it's not always the things we see our parents do that we pick up on that are bad habits. I remember seeing my Dad praying, kneeling at the bed. We all said those are the things that impact us that we remember. Rodney went home that night and we kind of fed those directions to him. He wrote it that night. He said, 'I played it for [my wife] Tammy Jo. She laughed. She cried. I think we did it.'"