Just like many of us, I grew up in a household were the focus was not so much on "God, the loving father" but "God, He who should be feared." While respect is a crucial part of any good relationship there has to be a balance and if that balance is missing many other components will also be missing. When a person only fears God and does things out of the fear of what will happen if they don't, love, trust, joy and rejoice all take a back seat or are even completely absent.
|Me as a kid ;)|
I hope that you have a very blessed Sunday.