As children of God, we can enjoy a great relationship with our heavenly Father and learn some things that we can transfer to our roles as parents, no matter whether our children are toddlers or adults.
God extends unconditional love and complete forgiveness to us. We are grateful for His mercy, grace, and forgiveness of our sins. God does not like it when we sin, because it takes us away from Him; it moves us in the wrong direction. But if we change direction and ask forgiveness through our Savior, Jesus Christ, He will forgive us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)
In a similar way, our own sons and daughters benefit from experiencing our unconditional love and our forgiveness. Jesus taught us to pray, "forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us" (Matthew 6:12 NLT).
Sometimes, it is our kids who sin against us and we need to show forgiveness, rather than create a spirit of condemnation. Yes, we need to teach and to provide discipline; but we ALSO need to love and forgive.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-2 NLT)
My encouragement for all of us is first to truly take time to experience and accept the unconditional love and forgiveness of our heavenly Father on a regular basis, as we repent and change direction from our sin. Then, let us really believe it, really accept it, and extend that same love and forgiveness to our own children.