Such parenting can take on an air of infallibility, become harsh and demand absolute submission. For one thing, loving well brings music to our words see verse 1. Parenting out of fear may work in the short run, but it does little to help our children become the hopeful, loving people God created them to be. Today some Christian parents believe that their most important role is to teach their children to be obedient and to respect authority. What sacrifices do we make for each other that are especially meaningful? What one sacrifice of love is especially hard for each of us?