As a child, it didn’t matter what my parents said, I was respectful. I never stopped to question their authority or their decisions.
We’re not born knowing about respect, but with the right disciplines in place, we learn the importance of respect and being respectful towards others, especially those older or those in authority.
Unfortunately, today’s world isn’t the world I grew up in. I’ve often heard it said that in today’s world, children learn to manipulate to get what they want. They argue, belittle and ignore adults, sometimes their parents. They have an attitude, use bad language to communicate and often fail to respect those in authority, but whilst that is true for many children, there are children who clearly get the respect thing right.
It’s our jobs as adults, to teach children to function, to make the transition into an adult world. For them to do that successfully, we need them to behave respectfully towards others, not just towards us. For children with the right disciplines, they will learn that their actions count that owning and taking responsibility for their actions is important. No one will successfully function without incorporating these measures.
Children will always push their boundaries where think they know better, but the reality is that they have many more years to learn about life, how things work and why. They will always test the waters and their boundaries. It’s the nature of a child. It’s the way they learn.
Although children have their opinions on what they want, they won’t always use the best methods to quantify that, but through maturity will learn how best to communicate. However hard it gets, we as adults must continue to pave the way, fairly. Wrongful behaviour doesn’t get a child off the hook.
Even if children push us to the limits on occasions and show disrespect, as adults we must show humility, to know that as children mature so will their attitude on respect.