This week I finished reading the next book on my 2012 Reading List: Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World by Jill Rigby. It’s not uncommon today to walk down the hallways of the mall or the aisles of Wal-mart to hear disrespectful talk from a child to a parent. In fact, formerly, as a public school teacher, I was amazed at the amount of disrespect parents accept from their children. The attitude has so infilitrated our culture, it very much concerns me what the world will be like that my daughters will be growing up in.
That said, just because disrespectful behavior is all around us, that does not mean I want my children to grow up acting in the same manner. Quite the contrary. Therefore, I’ve been looking for several helpful resources to help me do just what the title of this book implies–raise my children to be respectful in a disrespectful world.
In her book Jill does a fantastic job of presenting both the factual situation of our current world’s moral standing as well as practical ways for parents to combat that moral standing in the home according to age categorized recommendations. I imagine many in our world, Christians and non-Christians alike, would probably say that Jill’s perspective on raising children is pretty conservative (no R movies in the home, no TV before two, no PG-13 movies until 13, etc.), but one I was personally encouraged by as I read.
If I were to sum up her book in a single sentence I would have to say, “Do what you want them to do and be what you want them to be. They learn more from your actions than your words every day.” By the end of the book I had a list of several actions to begin incorporating into my life to do just that–be the positive example for my children to follow.
What are you doing to raise your children to be respectful in a disrespectful world?