As they grow older children become responsible for their 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…failure to express love…favoritism… being too busy to give them attention… failing them to teach them the difference between right and wrong…all of these and more can “embittered 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 ask Him to restore your family. He can turn their hearts back to the Lord and to their parents.
“ Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21