If yelling at children is not a good thing, yelling that comes with verbal putdowns and insults can be qualified as emotional abuse. It’s been shown to have long-term effects, like anxiety, low self-esteem, and increased aggression. It also makes children more susceptible to bullying since their understanding of healthy boundaries and self-respect are skewed.
My biggest fear is that my kids will mentally and emotionally suffer from me missing out on most of their lives. The actions I've made cost them to grow up without a father figure; I can't fathom how hard that was. I hope they can forgive me for my absence and to realize the sacrifices I made was out of pure love to better the lives for them and my grandchildren. "With tears in his eyes; he hadn't been able to touch any of his six children in twenty-three years" (Carlin 34).