8 Reasons Why It's Important To Respect Your Parents
Not everyone is lucky to have a good relationship with their parents, but even if you don't, you must treat them with respect. Here's why.
1. First of all, you should treat everyone with respect.
People are different. We have different views on the world, we have different religions, we have different beliefs, we are intelligent or not. Some us are pretty, some of us are fat, some of us are tall. Some people want to get married, while others don't. Some make great parents. Many people don't. There are many differences between all of us, but that doesn't mean we have the right to be disrespectful to others who don't share our views. Remember: If you respect others, you will be respected as well.
2. They did everything they could.
Now that you're an adult, it's easy to look back and say "My parents were wrong to send me to that school; they were wrong to punish me when I was a child; they should've spent more time with me". But you don't really know everything. A parent always does what he/she thinks is best for the kids and yours, too, did everything they could. Maybe they were wrong. Learn from their mistakes and be a better parent yourself. And forgive them, the same way your kids will forgive you for yours.
3. They love you a lot.
Your parents love you just as much you (will) love your kids. Maybe they don't always show it and perhaps they are sometimes annoying, but they do. Even if they bought your brother better Christmas presents, or they helped your sister financially more often, they don't love you less. Be respectful and not resentful.
4. They just want you to be happy.
Yeah, they nag you a lot about how you should find a better job, a more successful husband, and a bigger house. Sure, they won't. stop. talking. about how your kids watch too much TV and how they shouldn't be eating fast-food. But they're just thinking about your happiness. Remember that before you lose your temper and yell "just shut up, already!" and thank them for their care, for once in a while.
5. They gave up a lot to raise you as well as they could.
You don't really know the sacrifices a parent makes for the kids until you get there yourself. Maybe you didn't see how they skipped vacation to afford to send you on a trip with your class, or how they postponed buying new clothes so you could have the best prom dress. All parents sacrifice time, money and their own wishes for the well being of their kids. And for that, they deserve all your respect.
6. Your kids will treat you the same you treat your parents.
If you often say "Shut up, you're old, you don't know anything!", or "I'm an adult, leave me alone!" get ready to hear the same things in a few years from now. Your kids will grow up thinking this is the way you should treat your folks when they're old and oh, boy! You will be old one day, too. We know that sometimes you just lose your patience. But try not to.
7. They won't be around forever.
This sucks, but your parents will eventually pass away. And when this happens, you'll think back to the last time you talked to them. How would you feel if the last thing you ever said to your Mom was "Ugh, you're so annoying!" or "You're the worst Mom ever!"? Would you be at peace with this? Let all your words be sweet, especially when it comes the people who raised you with all their love.
8. You love them.
Of course, you do. Everyone loves their parents, even if they aren't always perfect. So say it more. Be kind. Be respectful. Do it for your own peace.