As parents, we often value respect enormously! We ask for it and expect to receive it from our kids.
Most people would tell you they know when they are being treated respectfully. However they might have trouble knowing when their own communication is disrespectful.
What kinds of respect do you expect?
Respect exists in relationships at many levels.
How do you recognise respect in a relationship?
In respectful relationships, the following are put into action:
Rights to be safe, valued and cared for
Listening and taking turns to be heard
Being supported to make our own choices
Freedom to disagree without being put down, called names or hurt
Being accepted as a person even if you’ve made a mistake
Trust, honesty and taking care with others personal information
Sexual activity is legal and consent is sought
Not behaving in a way that is intimidating especially during conflict
Supporting others needs and wellbeing
Not dominating others
“As a Dad I’m aware that I need to step up and encourage my kids to learn about respectful relationships”
– Nash, father of 10 year old son and 13 year old daughter
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