“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, by what you will not allow, and by what you reinforce “.
Although some might call it old fashioned, I correct children when they address me by my first name as their parents do, they must say Ms… To get my attention.
When I worked, I had a loud, outspoken and to some, intimidating manager who everyone “tip toed” around as if they feared him, but not me! I got to work on time, did my job, and I did it well. I was known as a person of faith who was kind and who spoke her mind. I believe that was the reason my manager and I had a great working relationship. He took more off me because he respected me and it didn’t hurt that we were from the same area of the country, NY and NJ.
People will sometimes mistake your kindness for weakness but don’t lose heart. It is up to you to address or correct disrespectful behavior the very moment it is directed towards you. If you don’t, it can be “assumed” that you will accept any type of treatment or behavior.
If you want respect, give respect. Most of all, treat others the way you want to be treated, especially those of the household of faith. John 13:34-35