Teaching Children Respect: Lack of respect shouldn't be acceptable

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2006-05-19 08:03

Respect between two individuals, whether parent and child, student and teacher, etc., cannot be demanded nor legislated; it must be earned.

My daughters are 5 and 7 years old and while they are well-behaved children, they have moments where they simply don't respect my husband or me at all. What are we doing as parents that gives them the impression lack of respect is acceptable?

All of us, regardless of our age, truly want to be respected. Respect can be defined as consideration or appreciation of another person and many people associate the term with a sense of authority. Respect between two individuals - whether parent and child, student and teacher, etc. - cannot be demanded nor legislated; it must be earned. For most families, respect among members is certainly an integral part of family structure. There are many different ways to look at respect in family relationships, but perhaps approaching it from two viewpoints will be enough to get parents motivated to discuss the subject between themselves.

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