I really enjoyed stumbling across the blog post A legacy worth having recently, as Perry posted about the benefits of living under sinful but humble parents.
None of us will suddenly become perfectly saintly when we conceive or adopt a child! There is no hope of that. So we have to learn to repent before our children. In doing so we can model this essential part of living the Christian life.
As Perry said . . .
My parents were very self-conscious about asking each other for forgiveness in front of the kids AND asking the kids to forgive them, when relationships went a bit awry (as they are apt to do when you have a WHOLE family descended from Adam and EveHumility and asking forgiveness are vital to expressing love, and living out the gospel.