Respect: “Respect gives a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. (

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”
―    Laurence Sterne

I recently went to a public conversation hosted by our local public radio on respect and disrespect in today’s society.  The conversation has stuck with me.  I keep replaying people’s comments.  The conversation began with a focus on children and whether or not children feel valued.  The conversation moved very quickly to adults and adults being the role models for children (not always in a good way).

After 90 minutes of discussion, a theme emerged.  Respect grows from personal connections-connections to other people, the environment and the world.  We are turning towards a very technologically driven society.  We sit with computers.  We have more than one TV per household.  Everyone has their own phone.  We do not connect personally with others as much.

Sitting in this conversation, I realized once again how lucky I am to have the opportunity to school my children at home.  One of the benefits of our situation is the connection we are building with each other and with our environment.

Have you ever experienced one of those weeks in which you feel that you are in a movie where several scenarios are oddly linked.  Well, this is how my week has been with the idea of respect.  This evening my son and I went to the musical “In the Woods Junior” at our local theatre.  The end of the musical included a song stating that children may not follow the rules or what you say but that they do listen.  You may not realize that your children are learning from you, but they are.  They learn how to treat others, their environment, and themselves.

Homeschooling family or not, you are teaching your children-daily.


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