It’s hard when you feel as though your child doesn’t have any respect for you. You feel frustrated, demoralised and it’s as if they are laughing at you half the time and ignoring you the rest.
This is not how the parent child relationship is supposed to look, but what can you do to change it when they won’t give you the time of day?
It’s time to make two BIG changes.
Take a good look at the way you think about and treat yourself. Is it respectful? Is it loving? Is it kind?
We get to set the barometer of how we are treated in life. We choose what we will accept. If you don’t respect yourself, you can be sure that others will struggle to, so start with you.
Respect your child.
Not so easy to do when you are feeling unfairly treated by them, but respect is a learned trait. For children to learn it and give it, they first have to receive it. Children need to feel good about themselves and if their own self esteem is low or dented, they will have nothing to give outwardly.
Children often get overlooked when it comes to respect. They have their decisions overruled, they are subject to punishments, and frequently parents demand respect from their child without offering the same in return. It just doesn’t work this way. We as parents need to walk the talk and role model exactly how we want to be treated, by treating our children with the respect they deserve.
Don’t expect things to change overnight. It takes time to change your habits and you should be gentle on yourself if you begin to slip back into your old ways. Apologise and start again, and before too long you will begin to see a massive change in your family dynamics.
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