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Respect Old Age

Instill in your children compassion and respect for old age, so they treat you with love when you are old.

"My daughter just doesn't respect her grandmother," said Mala, mother of 19-year-old Diya. "She is so short with her, and ignores her when she speaks. I don't know what to do!"

If only Mala had stressed the importance of being polite to the aged at the outset, she perhaps would not have seen this day.

Many parents mistakenly try and teach children that elders are always right. They forget that children have minds of their own, and there will be a time when they can reason for themselves and will be able to see faults in the reasoning of others. At this point, they may realise that just because someone is older, doesn't mean they are wiser. And if you try and force them to believe that an older person is always right, you can be sure that your children will grow defiant, and will have less faith in your judgment.

Focus on compassion

Instead, instill in your children a compassion for old age. One day you too will be old, and so will your children. Many people can be very cruel with the aged. They are ignored socially, and not taken seriously by anyone, including their own servants. If their children and grandchildren too start mistreating them, where can they turn?

Teach by example

If you want your children to treat elders including yourself with respect, you need to teach them by example. If they hear you speak rudely with your mother, there is no way they will treat your mother with respect. And pretty soon, this lack of respect will extend to you. Sow the seeds of disrespect, and your children will disrespect you.

Spend time with your grandparents

It is important to respect others, especially your elders, in order to gain respect. Also, make it a point to be patient and tolerant with the aged, especially in front of your children. When a person becomes very old, chances are, she may become more difficult to be around. This often happens as they are frustrated with their dependence on others. Old age can be a curse if you don't have the love and respect of your own children, grandchildren and, with life expectancy increasing, great-grandchildren. In addition, as everyone lives longer and longer, old age, presuming it begins at 80, can carry on for another 30 years, if not longer. The first thirty years of a person's life carries so much impact and importance, but the last thirty years almost seem to have grown stagnant. The love and respect of a person's children can make old age a wonderful time.

Teach your kids that all elders wants is love and company. Chances are, they have a lot of knowledge and a lot of memories, and only want to share them with whoever has the time or inclination to listen to them. How often do you go and spend some time sitting and talking to your grandmother? Do this now, take your children with you, and not only will you brighten someone's day, but chances are, when you reach the ripe old age of 90, you will have your grandchildren paying you regular visits. Could there be a better retirement plan?

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Kinnary.8 years ago
it is true that the presence of grandparents is a boon for growing children. however, from experience, i can say that it is even more important for adults to be extremely careful about what they say and the use of language. adults often say things, without realizing, that are offensive and at times demeaning about other people. it is of utmost importance that a child is kept away from this as in its formative years a child should not be taught rudeness. use of clean and clear language is a must. the child should learn that abusive language is a big no and should not be used. we should, as parents, teach our child to deal with the problem itself rather than criticize the source.
Renu.8 years ago
hi , i agree with the above article. if our culture and society has to flourish , we have to make sure we respect and help our elders. this does not mean only our aged relatives but to be kind to all elderly . also , if we ourselves cultivate this habit and patience , our children will learn the same behaviour.
Rome.8 years ago
finally i got chance to confess all my bad behaviour done towards my grand parents (who r no more now).its the most painful thing now,i just want to turn the wheel of time and give all my respecr & luv to my grand parents.but i know its not possible.i like to say each & every grand child of earth...that plz plz...realize the worth of aged ppl.they dont need any money or ornament just a moment of care from our end is more than enough for them......
DILIP KUMAR KOLE.8 years ago
simply it is a good article to read & practice
My small story.8 years ago
i am verry-2 changed after 6th class
i am not believed in which things now i am believed.
i am kajkal goel & i am verry enjoy my life
love you all of you
My small story.8 years ago
i am verry-2 changed after 6th class
i am not believed in which things now i am believed.
i am kajkal goel & i am verry enjoy my life
love you all of you
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