Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Respect is Earned

"There is a notion that children should inherently respect their parents; however, I don't agree with this. I think we as parents need to earn--not expect or demand--the respect of our children. The universe has entrusted them to our keeping for their most vulnerable years, and we need to have respect for that responsibility above all. 
"Indeed, I think it is impossible to demand respect from anyone, whether a spouse, child, or employee. You may get what looks like respect back, but it isn't really respect at all--it's just obedience, and probably resentful obedience at that. Learn to recognize and appreciate the difference." ~ Debra Macleod, The New Vesta Home, 130.

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