Child Protection CREED 22: Respect the child always that he may respect himself, respect you and others and defend his dignity of human person

Childhood must never be the reason for disrespect. Children are therefore to be respected by the custodians.

What do I mean by respect? Respect means showing regard and appreciation for the worth of someone.  It means honour and esteem. The worth of the child does not increase with age. The child is born with all of his worth. What increases with age is the child’s consciousness of his worth. This growth in his consciousness of his worth is the responsibility of the child’s custodians. They either grow the consciousness or destroy same. Their tool for growing or destroying the child’s consciousness of his worth is respect or disrespect. In other words, respects for the child from the custodians build the child’s consciousness of his worth. Disrespect for the child destroys the child’s consciousness of his worth.

When a child is not respected it has three implications on the child. The third is that the child will have no respect for himself. The second is that the child will not have respect for his custodians. The third is that the child does not demand respect from others or defend his worth.  

In rounding up this creed, permit me to share with you Zig Ziglar’s thoughts what happens when we do not teach our children manners. Please permit me to also say that respect is expressed through manners. As I have tried to show here respect is best taught by how we treat the child.

ZIG ZIGLAR Submits on Manners:

Psychiatrist Smiley Blanton says that roughly 80% of all of the counseling he does is the direct result of parents not having taught their children manners.  He emphasizes that he is talking about more than table manners; he’s talking about the whole spectrum of deportment and civility.  That’s significant because the record indicates that most top executives in any field of endeavor are courteous, thoughtful people… old-fashioned courtesies, including, “Yes, Sir,” “Yes, Ma’am,” “Thank you,” “Please,” and other expressions of good civility and deportment… Just in case you’re thinking, “But that’s old-fashioned and people don’t do those things any more,” of course, you’re right in both cases—which is the reason why the people who do take that approach stand out like beacons in the dark as they move to the top.  Think about it.  Be courteous yourself.  Teach your children to be courteous and I’ll SEE all of you AT THE TOP!’

Thank you for visiting. I charge you, Think the Child…Think Today…Think the Future…Have an INSPIRED Day

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