Should we respect our elders?

Canada
December 16, 2006 11:28am CST
Respect your elders is what everybody says...but from my experience...not all of them are respectable...so I threw that saying out the window when it comes to teaching my son...I teach him what my dad taught me....You give respect..you get respect...and visa versa...am I right in teaching this?
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@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
17 Dec 06
i agree with that "you give respect, you get respect" thing, but i always tell my son, everyone should be respected, regardless of age, race, or status. it's up to him to discover the wisdom of how far his tolerance and patience can go with regards to jerks and 'retards'.
• Canada
17 Dec 06
oh yeah...they will b able to tell in time...may take a lesson o two but eventually they will.
@rawpoet (2048)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Very good, very good, very good! You know, I really hate the saying. My mother demands respect from my children, but she doesn't show any to THEM. I have a major problem with that. I don't think it matters what age you are. Respect is respect, and everyone, especially family should do it.
• Canada
17 Dec 06
That wouldnt go over with either of my parents...and my foot would go down HARD!...my kid is my kid...not yours!...your the parent now...time to stand up to your mom and set her straight!...old school or not...this aint oldschool time!
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• United States
16 Dec 06
definitely, but i also agree with you that not all of them are respectable, anyway as long as you give respect to others i believe you will receive respect in return and if not.. i think it's not our problem anymore..
• Canada
17 Dec 06
exactly what I'm sayin...they wanna b crusty with you...just ignore it and them
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I am the same way with my kids....I dont force them to respect someone who doesnt deserve it..but dont mistake that for meaning they can disrespect someone who disrespects them..I dont accept that or tolerate that either..
• Canada
17 Dec 06
and you shouldnt...they have to learn not to lower themselves to that level..they can b better than them...nice work mom..:}
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
16 Dec 06
So you would be respecting elders until they gave you reason to not respect then. That is a good thought. But what about when a child reaches the point of rebellion? At that point, the child thinks all are wrong and only he or she is right. Therefore, he or she would feel that the elder does not show him or her respect in return. When in fact, that elder is merely thrying to guide the teen to the right path with their knowledge. I think there is a fine thin there with respect your elders. If that elder is not deemed respectable, then the respect should not be given. But to whose point of view is the respect not deemable?
• Canada
16 Dec 06
well...if your good person you deserve repect...but fi your ignorant..or just pain bad...then no...and thats what i teach my boy...he knows he not always right...cause I try to use logic with him...which seems to b what he understands more than anything else.
• India
24 Oct 07
yes,plz respect bcz i already hav suffered