In the former days there was usually a certain severity on the parts of fathers to their sons, who were led to fear and honor fully more than to love their parents, while in our days there is often too much indulgence and want of respect. Yet fathers should be specially advised to keep hold of their sons’ affections by making them, from their earliest years, their most intimate friends and companions. “The bands of love are the cords of a man” (Hos. 11:4). A hard, iron rule is both unscriptural and unwise, and we see many examples of children being ruined by it even in Christian families.
– David Dickson, The Elder and His Work, p. 69.