“The Most Important Thing a Father Can Do For His Children…

And the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to respect their father!

In his book “Love & Respect” Dr. Emerson Eggerichs says that while women require unconditional love, men require unconditional respect.  This is how to avoid what he calls “the crazy cycle” in marriage. 

Ultimately, the tone of the marriage relationship will play a major factor in the culture of the home.  When children know their parents love and support each other, they feel more secure, they have a better sense of what a healthy relationship looks like, and they are more likely to be resilient.

Alright, so that isn’t a scientific quote, but I know I’ve read it in psychology. Even so, it is just good practice, and everyone is happier.  If a happy marriage isn’t in the cards for you, just setting a good example of respect to other adults, even an ex, has the same result. By only using respectful language in front of our kids, they will get the message.

About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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