If you look at the child-friendly version of the United Nations' Convention of the Rights of the Child(the most readable version), you'll see that a number of rights deal with issues of respect (e.g. articles 12, 14, 16).
What is respect anyway?
As a noun, respect is
deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment; favour or partiality
As a verb, respect is
to hold in esteem or honor; to show regard or consideration for; to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with
-from dictionary.comWhether you look at the noun or verb (and I've been approaching the A-Z Challenge using verbs), respect is something we all yearn for. But respect is also something that is earned, not automatically given. It is hard to respect someone who treats others badly, for example.
If you google 'ways to earn respect,' you'll get lots of hits - some specific to on the job, or in the context of marriage or family. This is one of the best general articles I found. It raises an interesting point about self-respect as well: it's hard for others to esteem you if you don't respect yourself.
When your children disagree with you, respect their right to a differing opinion and don't be afraid. We can all learn something if questions are permitted and asked. Truth can always stand up to critical thinking.
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