Respect is at its best when you smile at a stranger passing by and she/he smiles back. Most kids are respectful towards parents and elders at home but many are lost on whether or not to be shown to be respectful to strangers and lesser known.

Respect is universal. Our kids must learn to be respectful towards strangers, support staff and of course domestic help. Selective respect is yet another burden of a materialistic society. Respecting only those who can be of use or are being helpful is not being respectful, it is being opportunist. Our kids must know the difference between the two.

Respect begets respect. Times are good, bad and ugly. If our kids are consistently respectful then during phases of life which are bad and tough, they will find tremendous support as they handle rough patch.

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”  Albert Einstein

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