Children are Humans and Deserve Respect
by Melita Gee
Why do we expect kids to give adults greater respect than we as adults are prepared to give each other?
We punish them for the behaviour that they are seeing displayed around them every day; for behaviour that we are showing them; even for reciprocating how they have been treated - by other adults, not necessarily us as parents.
There is something fundamentally wrong with regarding another human being as less than equal because of their age. We all know this, yet children are being treated this way every day.
"Don't question me!"
Every question or opinion a child has (usually voiced when they think they are being treated unfairly) that is contrary to an adults supposed position of authority is treated as back-talk, rebelliousness, disobedience, disrespect. This disregard for another person's feelings and point of view on the grounds of:
"We must not let children get out of control."
Childhood should be a time where we can make the most mistakes safely. When MORE grace and respect is given because they are children - not less. Familiarity doesn't have to breed contempt. But sadly, only the love of Christ can free us from this abusive cycle of disrespect. Because legalism is the root cause but true love is the cure.
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