Monday, March 30, 2009

Loving your child is just half the task

By Dr James Dobson

When a child is convinced that he is greatly loved and respected by his parents, he is inclined to accept his own worth as a person.

However, I’ve observed that many children know they are loved by their parents, but they have reason to believe that they are not respected by them.

These seemingly contradictory attitudes are not uncommon in human relationships.

It’s very easy to convey love and disrespect at the same time.

You are tense and nervous when a child starts to speak; you interrupt and answer questions for him; you lecture her before she goes off to spend a weekend at someone else’s house.

These are signals that you don’t trust that boy or girl with their image.

Loving your child is only half the task of building self-esteem.

The element of respect must be added if you are to counterbalance the insults that society will throw at him or her.

From TODAY, Voices
Monday, 30-March-2009
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