10 Tips For A Respectful Relationship

This week's post came about as my daughter was being bullied...I was bullied in high school as was I am sure a lot of you were.. So I was thinking to myself, maybe bullies have never learned what a respectful relationship is and how to build one..hence I fell into the rabbit hole...

What is a respectful relationship? We all come from different countries, cultures, and religions. Even if we come from the same country and culture, we are all unique and have been brought up in unique ways. As we grow up, we learn from our parents and/or guardians; the people who look after us. We look up to and learn from our teachers, our parents’ friends, and also our friends. The challenging situation is that some of these people we look up to, may not have learned what it takes to build or be in a respectful relationship.

Building respectful relationships are the foundation for healthy communities and a strong society. It is important that we teach our children from an early age about what it means to have a respectful relationship. There are many benefits for children who have respectful relationships. Understanding what a respectful relationship is will help them build healthy relationships throughout the rest of their lives.

What Is a Respectful Relationship?

A respectful relationship is a type of relationship that is based on mutual respect and understanding. It is a healthy and strong relationship where each person feels valued, respected, and understood. Respect is the foundation of all healthy relationships. It is important to show people respect in order for them to feel good about themselves.

Why Is A Respectful Relationship Important For Children? 

A respectful relationship is important for children because it teaches them the importance of empathy. It also teaches them that they can have a healthy and loving relationship with someone else.

Having a respectful relationship with their parents helps children to develop a sense of self-worth. They learn that they are lovable and worthy of love. These types of relationships help children grow up feeling good about themselves and have healthy self-esteem. They also provide children with a sense of belonging, which is essential for their emotional well-being. Respectful relationships are not always easy to create, but they are worth the effort. They teach children that they deserve to be treated with respect, which will help them get more out of life in the long term. They also teach children how to express their feelings in a healthy way without resorting to violence or abuse.

10 Tips For Building Respectful Relationships


1.We Are All Equal In A Relationship

The first tip of any respectful relationship is that we are all equal partners. We are not better than, worse than, or more important than anyone else. We are all equals who care about each other and want to be treated with respect. This means that we treat each other with dignity and respect. We don't use our power over one another to exploit one another. We don't make fun of someone for being different from us or make assumptions about what they can and cannot do because of their background or identity.

2. There's No Right Way To Have A Relationship

The second tip of respectful relationships is that there's no right way to have a relationship. It's not always easy to figure out what the right thing to do is when it comes to relationships, and everyone has different needs. For some people, honesty is the key to having a healthy relationship. For others, boundaries are what they need to feel safe and secure. There are many ways that people can have successful relationships, as long as they're honest with themselves about what they need and communicate their needs.

3. Communication Is Key

We need to communicate with each other to maintain a healthy relationship. Communication is essential for understanding each other and knowing where we stand. Communication can be done through many different mediums, such as text messages, phone calls, or face-to-face conversations. The most important thing is to listen and understand what the other person is saying. This will help us know how to respond and what they are feeling.

4. We Need To Put Ourselves In The Other Person's Shoes

We Need to Put Ourselves in the Other Person's Shoes. Why does this matter? Perspective-taking is important because it helps us understand what the other person might be thinking or feeling. We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve had to deal with someone who is difficult. For us to have a more respectful relationship, we need to put ourselves in the other person's shoes and see what they are or may be going through. We need to understand why they are acting the way that they are acting so that we can be patient and understanding.

5. What Should Happen If One Or Both People Are Unhappy?

It is important to remember that it is not the responsibility of one person to make the other person happy. If one or both people are not happy, then they should talk about it and find a solution together. The most important thing in a relationship is that both people feel respected. It’s important for both partners to take care of themselves for the relationship to remain respectful.

6. We Are All Different And That Is Okay!

Diversity is everywhere. It's not just about race and ethnicity, but also about gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, education and more. Diversity brings different perspectives to the table that can help shape our ideas and make them more creative. Respect is important for any relationship because it allows people to feel comfortable in their own skin. It is important no matter how different we are that it is okay!

7. Be Kind

When we think of being kind, we often think of being nice. But kindness is about more than that. It is about empathy and understanding the feelings and needs of others. In a respectful relationship, it is important to be kind to one another. Kindness doesn't mean being a pushover or always giving in, but it does mean respecting each other's feelings and needs.

A healthy relationship involves a lot of give-and-take and compromise. There are times when one person may need to put themselves in the other person's shoes to understand how they feel. Being kind means doing what you can for your partner while also putting their needs first sometimes too.

8. Be Present

A respectful relationship is one in which people are willing to put the other person first. This means taking their feelings and needs into consideration, being kind and caring, and making sure that they are not hurting each other. There are many things that can help you be more present in a respectful relationship. For example, you can avoid distractions like social media or TV while someone talking to you. You can also try to be more understanding of the needs of others and do what you can to meet their needs. It is not easy to be present in a respectful relationship. It is important that you and your partner are both present in the relationship. You should not just be present physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

9. Don't Enable or Encourage Behaviour That Causes Conflict or Disrespect

There are many ways in which we can encourage conflict and disrespect. For example, when one person is being mean to another person, and someone encourages them to continue or when one person is trying to get the attention of their family members by doing something inappropriate. This can happen a lot in the school yard or the workplace.

We should not be encouraging conflict or disrespectful behaviour. This can lead to emotional scars that could never heal. Instead, we should be encouraging respectful behaviour so that everyone feels respected and accepted.

10. Look Past The Negative To Find The Positive In Each Other

Appreciation is a very important part of life. It helps us to be grateful for what we have, and it also brings us closer to one another. We should always try to find the positives in each other’s lives and appreciate them.

There are many ways that we can appreciate one another. One way is by noticing the small things that they do for us, such as cooking dinner or remembering our favourite coffee order. Another way is by appreciating the hard work they put into their job or how much effort they put into their hobbies. We can also appreciate them by telling them how much we love them, listening when they want to talk, or spending time with them when they need it most.


In our lives, we all have many different relationships with many different people. With any relationship, respect should be one of the top if not the highest requirement. Relationships are not easy, and these tips can't possibly cover every possible thing that goes wrong. However, these tips may help you and your children identify what may be missing and what may need to be added to feel more respected and fulfilled in a relationship. If your basic relationship needs are not being met and the other person will not meet them, there is nothing wrong with looking elsewhere for respectful relationships. It is important our children are aware we are all unique and special human beings, and we all deserve to have respectful relationships.

Have fun in your self-healing journey!

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