Teaching Respect and Patience to End Sexual Violence

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"Hey, Mommy, get me milkie!" my preschool son snarls across the table. I've just been out of my seat several times fetching jam, silverware and toast for the boy and his two brothers. They gobbled their food and wanted more before I could even take my first bite. I've lost my cool plenty of times in situations like this, but this morning I detached from the heat of the moment and looked at what was happening. My son rightfully expects me to serve him, because at his young age, he needs plenty of help. But he crossed a line of respect, raising his voice and demanding service without a "please" or "thank you."


Originally published as:

Paris, Jenell. “Teaching Respect and Patience to End Sexual Violence,” Patriot News Op-Ed, March 29, 2011.