We sort of hit the ground running with this in the dawn era of the strip when he got all antsy about the terrible possibility of Elly 'destroying' the home by working outside it and not merely being content to be thought of as the adjunct to a man. Rather than admit that she has a point about his being a selfish idiot who won't let go of an advantage he didn't earn, he spent an inordinate amount of time blaming her existential crisis on woman hormones making a monster of her because the alternative is being an ogre.
Similarly, he seems to have wasted most of his adult life in a blind, rage-filled panic about how his children defy him at every turn and also seem to want to make him their slave when good kids would obey his every whim. I should think that his father's laughter when he reminded John that he too went through a surly, defiant phase was inspired by the fact that instead of a man knowing that this too shall pass, his son is still a spoiled and mean-spirited child throwing a tantrum when things aren't going his way. It sucks to be his kids because he knows damned well that they aren't going to get the benefit of wisdom that doesn't exist but at least he has a bit of fun knowing that John is always going to be an angry, stupid know-it-all that never learns from his mistakes.