Emotions fall into two broad categories:
- emotions related to happiness, and
- emotions related to frustration or unhappiness.
As a society, we have become uneasy with emotions related to frustration or unhappiness. Maybe that’s because drug companies, pill pushers and drug dealers have convinced us that these emotions are the result of an “illness” or “disorder.” They’re eager to tell us what to think about how we feel, and to encourage us to drug ourselves and others so we can “feel better.”
Response to Four Tips for Teaching Your Child Respect
Parents can rest assured that the child’s behaviour is the child’s behaviour, not the parent’s behaviour, so there’s no reason to fear a tantrum or feel embarrassed. And there’s no reason to take anything your child says personally. Once parents get clear on this, they can deal with these situations with kindness, confidence and aplomb.
Dr. Sophy makes a couple of points that I think are very important:
- The best way to teach respect is to show respect.
- Children model the behaviour of the adults in their lives. (Not just adults, by the way, but siblings, too!)
- Show your children how to be respectful by interacting respectfully with your spouse and with others. (Yes, this is huge!)
It's a behaviour—not a disorder!
How do you discipline a teen whose behaviour is the result of a disorder?
Where do you draw the line with a teen who’s out of control? Or a parent? Or a spouse? Or a friend?
For 30 years, I have struggled with these questions, which finally led me to APSGO1—and some useful answers.
Four Tips for Teaching Your Child Respect
by Dr. Charles Sophy
One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. Teaching a child to be respectful is not as difficult as it may seem. The best way to teach respect is to show respect. But first, we must understand what it means to show respect.
Take Control of your Thinking!
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