It’s difficult to understand where your parents are coming from until you become an adult yourself. It’s even easier when you become a parent too. I know not everyone is able to see eye-to-eye with their parents, even once you reach adulthood. However, it still is possible to show them respect no matter what age you are. Here are 7 reasons to respect your parents. I look forward to seeing what types of reasons you might also have. Feel free to post them in the comment section!
7 They Put up with Your Crap and Still Love You
I wasn’t the easiest child to raise. I wasn’t a huge pain, at least I don’t think so, but there were times that I’m sure my parents would love to erase from their memories. I remember a friend telling me that her mother told her she didn’t like her very much once, but that she still loved her to pieces. I never understood how you could love someone, but not like them. I later learned that it is possible to dislike someone’s behavior and still love that person, so I’m guessing this might be what she meant. I hope!
6 They Respected Theirs
My parents both grew up in a time where it was drilled into kids that they were to respect their elders. I see kids nowadays who talk back and even yell at their parents. I think this is sad. I don’t know if I always showed respect to my parents because they showed theirs respect or if I simply wanted to. I think that since my parents were good role models in this aspect that I in turn behaved in the same manner.
5 They Have Supported You Throughout the Years
Parents work hard to bring up their kids in what they feel is the right way. Being a parent I try to support my kids with their decisions in life, even if I don’t always agree with their decision. I’ll state my piece and hope they can see it from my point of view too. I don’t expect them to agree with everything I say, since they are people too and have the right to make their own decisions in life. I respect my parents for the support they’ve given me over the years and respect them for the sacrifices they’ve made in order to provide support.
4 They Brought You into the World
I have a deeper respect for my mother after going through child labor myself. I respect my father for putting up with the pain of having his hand crushed by my mom as she was giving birth. They both went through this process three separate times. I can’t imagine how it would be to go through child labor 10 or 15 times like some of the women in larger families! Certain aspects of parenting truly open your eyes to how amazing your parents actually are.
3 They Have Done a Lot for You
If you were involved with many different after-school activities like my siblings and I were, then you can probably recall how many times your parents played Taxi Driver for you. They most likely fed and clothed you, possibly paid for braces or a retainer, took you shopping for formal dances, showed up to cheer you on at sporting events, driven you to a friend’s house, picked up from a friend’s house, and been there for you when you needed it most.
2 They Have More Experience than You
Your parents are probably old enough to have been around the block a few times. I respect the wisdom my parents have to offer because they usually know what they are talking about. They have each been through many life experiences and have accumulated knowledge from each experience. They are able to help me make good decisions by telling me about similar decisions they made that didn’t turn out too well.
1 They Deserve It
I think parents deserve respect, no matter how long they have been parents. People in general deserve respect and parents are people too. If you give someone the respect they deserve, they will most likely return the gesture. You may not agree with everything your parent says or does, but I think showing respect is still necessary.
I hope these 7 reasons to respect your parents are ones you feel as well. I had friends in high school who didn’t respect their parents at all. Eventually these friends became adults and realized how petty they were being and how much nicer it is to show someone a bit of respect. You don’t have to like someone to be respectful. What reasons do you have for wanting to show your parents respect?
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