As a child, I'd often picture God as far away. He was only willing to intervene in my life if I needed punishment.
This perception partly came out of my observation of my own father who was often absent from home due to his career.
Sometimes such thoughts, as parents, are difficult to change but other things can be controlled and altered.
The importance of a parent's loving physical touch and loving words should not be avoided. Watch to demonstrate love on a daily basis even if, on occasion, it may only be a sweet kiss goodnight.
Many have grown up without the demonstration of such love but don't let that be your excuse. Practice loving words and touch on a daily basis with your children. Practice becomes habit.