“Abuse happens when any human sees another as less.” – Mom
“With God, one man is NOT different from another.” Romans 2:11
How we choose to treat others is a good measure of our own maturity. Disrespect is no small thing. Whether in word or deed, it can be harmful. Recently, in the news, we’ve seen what can happen when one person thinks less of another. We’ve heard about women who have been harassed or assaulted, many times by those in authority in the workplace. #MeToo It doesn’t just happen to women. It happens to men. It happens to children. It happens to the elderly. As an individual with disabilities, We know Morgan is particularly vulnerable. For this reason, we surround her with love and respect. We give her responsibilities, choices, and consequences. We let her know her value in God’s eyes, and ours. We point out disrespect whenever we see it, because we want Morgan to recognize the difference between mature and immature behavior.
Morgan’s autism has no filter, so when she wants something a little too badly, her voice tone can get harsh. When we return that same tone back to her, she is quick to tell us, “You hurt her feelings.” Exactly. 😉 We are helping her to recognize it’s not just what we say, but HOW we say it. She easily picks up on tones when someone is angry. She’ll say, “Uh, Oh!” She has also become more aware of someone being sarcastic and condescending. We hope this will help her avoid “the bullies”. We want her to understand the importance of respecting others, and being respected. We know it will take a measure of maturity, and some growing pains, but we’re on our way. 😉
Maturity knows how to take care of itself, AND value others. It can be confident without being a bully. It can disagree without being degrading. Maturity is teachable. It can admit when its wrong. It genuinely celebrates the success of others, and mourns their loss. It simply treats others the way it wishes to be treated.
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!