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Families and Respect—
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The concept of respect is simple—but it's not easy. Respect involves feeling good enough about yourself to feel good about somebody else...their feelings, their importance, and their opinions.

Each of us is so very different from one another. It's not just our color, religion or where we live. It's about all our past experiences, what we need, and our goals.

Our differences sometimes lead to conflict. If we value each other and stay away from the idea that being different is wrong, then everybody wins. Respect is not something that just happens. It takes practice.

When respect starts in the family with kindness, understanding and reaching out by listening, it really becomes a very positive habit. When parents and children respect and appreciate themselves and each other, it automatically spreads outside the home...into schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Even when we try not to, sometimes we get our feelings hurt.

The next time a problem comes along, remember that practicing respect involves making mistakes, enjoying successes, accepting our part, and creating a new cycle of respect each time.

Reading, Watching and Listening List

Consult your local library to find these resources:

Family Works in Action

Here are some strategies to keep in mind to show respect while building stronger families:

 
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