As they grow older our children become responsible for the decisions they make in life; parents shouldn’t take upon themselves all the blame if those decisions are bad. But our failures do have an impact on them, making them more open to foolish or evil ways. Harsh, unreasonable discipline…neglect…favoritism…failure to express love…being too busy to give them any attention…failing to teach them the difference between right and wrong…all these and more can “embitter your children” so that “they will become discouraged.”
Don’t let this happen in your family. And if it has, ask God to forgive you and help you reverse it as much as possible.
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day