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My biggest fear is that my kids will mentally and emotionally suffer from me missing out on most of their lives. The actions I've made cost them to grow up without a father figure; I can't fathom how hard that was. I hope they can forgive me for my absence and to realize the sacrifices I made was out of pure love to better the lives for them and my grandchildren. "With tears in his eyes; he hadn't been able to touch any of his six children in twenty-three years" (Carlin 34).
It may sound strange, but I'm grateful for my strong-willed children. God has used them to shape my character more than anything in my life! But for a long time, I allowed them way too much power. This post explains three ways I was able to set boundaries and gain the respect of my strong-willed children.