Respecting Each Other - Adults and Children
When I was growing up, you had no choice, you had to respect all adults that was the way of the world back then. There were those I genuinely respected because of who they were, the way they treated others, the kindness they showed. Yet, there were those I pretended to respected because I feared the consquences I would face if I reacted differently. They were the kind of adults that weren't worthy of my respect.
Because of the feelings I harbored I wasn't the type of parent who automaticaly beleived what an adult told me in regards to my daughters behavior, I knew then and knownow, there are always two sides to every story. Everyone makes mistakes, even adults. I always gave my daughters the benefit of the doubt, if I felt they were wrong they would be talked to and if needed a punishment was decided on. If I felt the adult was wrong I let them know and as they expected my daughter to apologize to them I expected them to apologize to my daughter.
There have been even times I've had to apologize for over reacting to a situation and if I was wrong in making an assumption I had to admit that I was and apologize. As parents if we want our children to respect us, we need to be respectful of them as well.