Parents deserve respect

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 December, 2010, 12:00am

Many children behave like little princes or princesses at home. They want their parents to pamper them non-stop. Some even order their parents about.

Many people think the reason for such behaviour is that some parents dote too much on their children. They give their children anything they want and seldom discipline them. But children are also responsible for their own behaviour. Even if they are young, they should understand the meaning of 'respect'.

When we were in kindergarten, our teachers told us we should greet them and treat them in a respectful and polite manner. Our parents deserve respect even more than our teachers. Children should never bully their parents, but listen to them respectfully.

Children should try to understand the world does not revolve around them. If they want their parents to do things for them, they should remember to be polite and be grateful to their mum and dad.

Daisy Chiu, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you for you letter, Daisy. Our parents are responsible for bringing us into the world and ensuring our wellbeing. If people choose to have children, it is their responsibility to make sure those children are well taken care of.

Yet many parents around the world are neglectful and irresponsible. That makes it even more important to be grateful for parents who are protective and caring.

Respect is very important. It is a positive feeling of admiration and esteem. If you can respect someone, even if you don't always agree with them, you will have a peaceful relationship with them. If you disrespect someone, the relationship will break down. More worryingly, if people disrespect each other, it can lead to violence.

Our parents are not the only people we should respect. We should respect our friends, other family members, teachers, even strangers. Above all, we should respect ourselves. If we act in a respectable way and stay true to ourselves, other people can't help but respect us, too.

Karly, Deputy Editor