6 – Respecting Women. Your Perspective Matters.
I might be called old-fashioned but I believe chivalry and respect for women is not a thing of the past. It’s not a kindness out of pity but a genuine understanding that women are an incredible creation of God and deserving of honor.
You are the first and most constant expression of what a woman is to your son. Talking with him about what good female and male relationships look like and showing him how to respect women is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give him.
You can first teach him by respecting yourself. Train him to be a gentleman around the home with you and let him see you model self-care and self-worth. Teach him what women really appreciate and don’t forget that he’s watching and listening to the things that matter most to you – the causes you stand up for.
Prepare him on how to behave around females and instruct him on how to be a gentleman. Let him practice with you. A young man who lovingly respects his mother will most likely treat the other women in his life in the same way. (Another reason periodic date nights are a great idea!)
- Hold the door.
- Stand up when a woman leaves or joins the table.
- Open her car door.
- Walk on the “splash” side of the sidewalk.
- Attempt (gently) to pick up the tab.
- Get the car when it’s raining.
- Offer your hand…
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