Whether we’re fifteen years old or fifty, our parents should be respected. That is one area of life, among many, where age does not apply. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that concept. Many have become over-familiar with their parents, forgetting who they are and speaking to them just as they would anyone else.
Our parents can be our friends, but first and foremost they are our parents. They should never be spoken to with disrespect or treated inconsiderately. My mother, for example, is one of my closest friends, yet I do not treat her as I would just any other friend. We joke around and have a good time, but there is a limit to my behavior and the words that I speak to her.
Our parents are also not our children. They should not be scolded for their actions or choices. They should never be yelled at or belittled. We may not always agree with them, but they are still the parent. We are not. Therefore, we do not have the right to treat them as any less than that. Whether we agree with them or not, they deserve our respect. There are ways to express how we feel, and ways not to.
Parents should not be made to fear their children. They should never be threatened, or even worse, abused by them. Abuse can go both ways.
Admittedly, not every home is a good home and some people have, or have had to grow up in horrible living situations. In those cases, separation may be the only answer. If no common ground can be found, sometimes it’s better to create distance, than to continue being hurt by one another.
But, that situation does apply to most. Most children (no matter what their age) have caring parents who love them dearly and try to do what’s best for them, yet they seem to forget what their roles are.
Parents have to endure a lot, and some have made great sacrifices for their children. Being a parent is not easy, whether the child is still living at home or not. It is a lifelong job that deserves to be honored. No matter how old we get, their role as parents should always be respected, and so should they.
We all make mistakes and sometimes let our emotions speak for us, but we have also been given the ability to apologize. Let’s not forget to do that, for one day it will be too late.