Families simply can’t function without respect – but the more we push, the more elusive it seems to be. So what’s the answer? Why won’t children fall into line? What kind of plan can possibly help? There are no easy answers, but there are positive directions. First, try backing off. Families are not the military and there is no uniform code of conduct. If you want to earn respect from your children, do these 10 things:
1. Respect your children:
This is going to look different from child to child, but you know when you’re disrespectful – and so do they. As the parent, this is something we can teach by doing.
2. Respect your spouse:
The relationship between parents sets the tone for the greater family dynamic. When children witness mom and dad treat one another with love and respect – despite their differences – the standard has been set. On the other hand, when kids witness their parents bring one another down – it’s an uphill climb from there.
3. Be consistent:
Children need to know what to expect. Inconsistency on the part of parents leaves kids floundering. Consistency is both a compass and an anchor.
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