He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. (Proverbs 17:21)
If you are a scoffer (one who is always finding fault with others), your children will learn this trait to your sorrow. Eventually they will scoff at you. Likewise, a parent of a scoffer is a parent of a fool and in this there is no joy. Therefore, refrain from nay saying. Learn to speak words that edify, encourage and give hope. Anyone can find fault; it takes developed, godly character to be a life builder. If you find yourself constantly finding fault in your children, you just might beget a scoffer. If the theme of your conversations is always negative, you may well be creating a fool. Therefore, be an edifier; correct with patience; discipline in love and chastise without anger. “He who begets a wise child will delight in him.”(1) Parenting is work-hard work-but the fruit of a father and mother’s labor is a great reward. He who begets a secure child does so to his delight, and the father of a wise son or daughter has joy.