“It’s not what they call you, but what you answer to”.
I think this quote goes hand in hand with, “You teach people how to treat you”.
If you are not satisfied with how you are being treated, then don’t allow yourself to be treated that way anymore. Teach them differently.
Reminds me of the Birthday card story in the “Tiger Mom” book that I talked about here. Love that story. Hard core, but I think she was spot on. We think we are doing our kids favours by accepting anything and everything, but truly, we are doing them the greatest disservice.
I think as Mothers in particular, it is our responsibility to teach our children how to give respect, as well as how to command respect. We need them to be strong enough and confident enough that they will not settle. That they will not tolerate being mistreated. That they will be the examples of how to treat others, and magnify the golden rule to treat others as you would like to be treated.