I came across this on a web page in my searching–sorry but I lost the page but it sure gives us an idea–we are not slave drivers nor slave owners.
The Apostle Paul who wrote Ephesians and Colossians was well aware that Roman fathers had the freedom to treat their children in any way they chose. One source says,
“A Roman father had absolute power over his family. He could sell them as slaves, he could make them working his fields even in chains, he could take the law into his own hands and punish as he liked, he could even inflict the death penalty on his children.”
We donâ€™t sell our children into slavery these days or put them in chains or kill them but believe it or not, there are fathers and mothers in our society who inflict emotional pain on their children equal to the cruelty of Roman fathers.