I was watching a video titled “boy slaps his brother with the ipad” that has been showing up in various Facebook posts lately, and couldn’t help thinking of you boys.
While I think it’s perfectly normal for brothers to occasionally get onto each others’s nerves (mum and dad do the same too), the behaviors exhibited by the brothers in the video isn’t OK. I’m thankful that this hasn’t happened at our home, although it reminds me of the frequent ‘mutual irritation’ that occurs between the two of you.
I want you to know that there is one fundamental ingredient that when missing in a relationship, will most definitely spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. This applies to all kinds of relationships, be it between siblings, parents and children, couples, friends, neighbours, or colleagues.
What is this secret ingredient that is vital to having great relationships?
Just remember the first letter in ‘relationship’ … ‘R’ for R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Put in another way, without mutual respect, relationship won’t work. To respect another is to honor his or her dignity and choices. And when you genuinely respect a person, you will also avoid behaving in disrespectful manners such as criticizing, blaming, complaining, irritating, making fun of, shaming, threatening, and inflicting physical, psychological, or emotional harm. Are you guilty of any of the above? Simply STOP doing it, BE respectful, and experience the magic that such simple changes can bring to your relationships, especially with people who matter to you.
Your Respectful Dad