“Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12
Have you noticed the lack of respect in children these days? I have. Take our youth group, for example. They are a great bunch of kids who really seem to love God, but they are very disrespectful to adults. I see this every Sunday in how they act in church. No, they are not talking during the message or something like that. Here is what they do. You put your stuff down in your seat and go to talk to someone. You come back to find teenagers in your seat and find your stuff stuck under the seat, pushed down the seat, or moved to a different row entirely where someone else is sitting. This may seem small, but it is extremely irritating to have to hunt your Bible and purse. They don’t even apologize. They just laugh. This happens quite a bit in our church.
This is not the only incidence of disrespect that I see. I see it in stores with how children talk to their parents. I see it in my own children sometimes (but I quickly nip that in the bud). I am just wondering what happened? If I had talked to my mom the way that I hear other kids talking to their parents, I would have been picking myself up off the floor. I just knew better. I hear parents saying that they want to be “friends” with their child. I don’t think that my children need more friends. They need a parent. They need someone that will help mold them and guide them so that they become an adult that loves God and respects others. This does not mean that I am not there for them, it just means that I am there through the good and bad-not to just have fun with.
What are some ways that you teach your children to respect adults? Do you see this problem where you live?
Let me know what you think!
Smiles and Loves! Janis