Jeananne M. Bowers
August 17, 2013
HSM/240 Public Policy Development in Human Services
In today’s society we are seeing more children disrespecting their parent’s rules and society’s rules. This is creating a very unruly surrounding in society as a whole. Technology and the need to have it all have created a society full of families that will do what they want, when they want, and how they want. Parents are forgetting the traditional and practical values and the need to be beautiful and have everything has become a true issue. Children are spoiled and not taught the true value of family, respect, morals and principals. Respect has been called “the single most powerful ingredient in nourishing relationships and creating a just society” (Lawrence-Lightfoot, 2000, p. 13). Parents, educators, researchers, children, and adolescents in many societies all note with alarm a growing problem of disrespect and a decline in respect for self and others. Is this disturbing trend a universal problem? Respect may indeed be the glue that binds people together and holds together one’s self-concept. If respect is akin to “positive regard” (Rogers, 1961), it is the belief that enables one to value other people, institutions, and traditions. And disrespect may be the agent that dissolves relationships and fosters hostility and cynicism. All of the preceding suggests to us that respect is essential in a civil society and crucial to positive human relations. Disrespect may be one reason for incivility and polarization between individuals and between groups. With society become less and less civil there is a huge need to re-educate young families on the fundamentals of raising children with respect. “Respect” is taught at home and this is where to begin the change of how families are being raised. It would be nice if we could just stop the world and reprogram society but that is not an option. When a family is raising their children with values and respect in the home sometimes this can all be thrown out the window by a child if they become friends with a child that has been raised to learn how to disrespect people and property. The Family Values Organization would be a place that the family could come to for therapy and ideas to reteach their child the true values and respect that society honors. Disrespect in society is not just limited to small communities this has become a nation-wide- epidemic. There are too many single parents forced to raise their children on their own with no time to actually teach them anything because they are too busy trying to provide for them. Society has become very lazy and selfish and steps need to be taken to change this or things are only going to get worse. When a family goes to a restaurant or shopping they should be allowed to do so without having other families cutting in line, using profanity, hitting their children, yelling at their children, or allow their children to run around creating a chaotic and loud environment. This all stems from parents not setting boundaries and limits with their children at home. Home is where the respect begins. No one respects their families anymore. They fight and argue; sometimes children are left with no food and alone at such early ages. There is also too much socializing with drinking and drugs and then addictions are created and patterns of behavior or set. When this disrupted unbalanced family goes into society there is disrespect and chaos. When the respectful and disrespectful merge then fights and a chaotic environment is created. If society could just take a step back and recognize for a moment what their actions do to others and actually care about the outcome things could change for the better of mankind. There are too many individuals who think that they are entitled to respect and that the do not have to earn it. Family Values Organization is an...
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