Sometimes husbands and dads can say and do things that hurt or discourage our family. We may not even realize we’re hurting those we love.
Maybe it’s the way you joke about your son’s weight. Perhaps you often note how disorganized your wife can be. You might be joking with your daughter in a way that embarrasses her.
It’s important that we encourage and strengthen our wife and children. They look to us for approval and affection.
The next time you’re alone with your wife or any of your children ask them,
“Is there anything I say or do that discourages our hurts you?”
Be prepared for a shock. There may be something they point out that you thought was all in jest but was, in fact, hurting them.
Now comes the hard part. You need to apologize and make every effort not to do it again.