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Learning how to respect the elderly is important since we live in a time when some individuals believe that social media can provide us with all of the information we require.

However, we are all aware that there is a reason why we have aged people among us. “What an adult sees sitting in a chair cannot be seen by a child even if he climbs the tallest of trees,” according to a classic African proverb.

One of the reasons many households, and our society, are in disarray is a lack of respect for elders and a refusal to listen to their advice.

Respect is defined as consideration for another person’s feelings, beliefs, rights, and accomplishments. We owe it to ourselves to learn how to do it properly.

We are often quick to blame our parents for doing everything wrong. Back in the day, the majority of our parents lacked guidance on how to raise their children.

They merely did what they thought was morally correct. It would be unfair to blame them. “When the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable.”

We can only understand what it means to be a parent once we become one, and there will be things we do that our children will not approve of, even if we believe it is the proper thing to do.

This just goes to prove that we are all just humans doing our jobs. Resentment for our parents or the elderly only leads to a dead-end and a repetition of patterns.

By acquiring the right information, we have a chance to correct the wrongs our parents have committed.

The elderly, discussed here, have two folds. The elderly in society, as well as those who may or may not be a few years our senior, but whose lives are blueprints for where we aim to go.

How can we show respect to the elderly?

The first step is to avoid calling older individuals by their first names. Unless you get their permission.

I feel that regardless of a person’s age, social media apps should use the @ Sir (first name) or Madam or Miss (first name) in the chat box.

It is not morally correct to refer to people by their first names simply because everyone else does.

1. Learn how to Show Honor

Before we honor someone, they don’t have to be perfect in our eyes.

Being tech-savvy isn’t the same as being wise. Because of Google, we sometimes believe we know more.

It’s ridiculous to make fun of the elderly because they don’t understand today’s technology.

We often hear that knowledge is power, but power comes from having the appropriate knowledge. There are some life questions that only the elderly, not artificial intelligence, can answer.

A person who has experienced traumas such as father troubles, rejection, bullying, and so on. Such people require the advice of someone who has been there and overcame it.

There’s a distinction between having first-hand experience with an issue and relying on testimonials from others.

2. Developing good listening skills

Have you ever found yourself interrupting someone in the middle of a discussion just to get your point across? That isn’t the definition of active listening.

The elderly can detect when you’re just trying to take advantage of them for your own gain, and they can also tell when you’re in need.

Maintaining eye contact as they speak and carefully listening can help you figure out what questions to ask and when to ask them.

3. Stop looking for perfection-

Many people still retain grudges against their parents or grandparents for what they did. We can be rid of bitterness when we make the decision to let go of the things we can’t change.

The reality is that we have no control over other people’s behavior, but we do have power over how we respond to them.

With patience and prayers, things can only get better. How long has it been since you prayed for your parents? You may not realize what you have until it is taken away from you.

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4. Check your circle of friends-

It’s time to make a change if all of your pals are constantly whining about their parents and all that appears to be wrong with their family.

It’ll only be a matter of time before you join them. Surround yourself with positive people who will tell you when you’re wrong.

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5. Respect is reciprocal

We are sometimes the cause of our parents’ dissatisfaction. We can’t expect our parents to trust or appreciate us if we always have a negative attitude regarding everything.

Yes, their method may be incorrect, but we have a choice in how we respond. We cannot expect our parents to trust us if we make lying or rage a habit.

Even if you have apologized, it will take time to establish trust.

Is it important to respect the elderly?

Another reason to respect the elderly is that we do not want to be treated badly when we reach that age.

The importance of mentorship cannot be overstated. A mentor can assist you in avoiding the rat race and achieving success in whichever sector you desire.

Some people simply seek shortcuts to everything, which is why mentorship does not appear to be working for them.

How do you respect your elderly Parents?

There are different ways to respect your elderly parents.

1. Use your words kindly-

Regardless of what their parents have done, they deserve our respect and forgiveness.

Your refusal to forgive reflects who you are. It also represents pride in the fact that you are incapable of making a mistake.

Even if your parents are divorced, you should draw closer to God rather than taking sides, because our identity is rooted in him, not in our history or present circumstances.

Disrespecting them with your remarks simply demonstrates your immaturity or childishness. It’s only a matter of time before you reap the consequences.

2. Pray for your parents-

We have no idea how much longer we have with our loved ones.

Family spiritual bonding is aided by prayer. A family that prays together, after all, stays together.

Issues may emerge that we are unable to resolve, and they will only be resolved through the mercies of God. Only by having a connection with God will we be able to accomplish this.

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3. Communicate with your parents-

If we don’t express ourselves properly, we can’t presume our parents are difficult.

Any argument could be avoided if a better method of communication was used, accompanied by respect.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1 NIV

4. Never compare your parents to others-

The thief of joy is comparison. Your bond with your parents is one-of-a-kind.
Trying to persuade your parents to behave like other parents or give you the same amount of money as your pals would be futile.

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