Respect is important in every relationship whether it be with your friends, coworkers, significant other, or family members. Respect means that we treat others in a thoughtful and courteous way. Oftentimes it is those we are closest to that we find behaving in a respectful way the hardest – our family members. We can get aggravated and annoyed for so many reasons and civilized conversations go out the window. However, mutual respect is a key aspect in a harmonious family foundation. We should all speak kind words to our loved ones, be responsible for our own actions and messes, and value the opinions and wishes of our loved ones. You cannot force someone to act in a respectful way towards you but you can earn respect by first showing respect. Take some time to reflect on your most recent tiff with a family member and how that conflict could have been avoided or changed with a little respect. After all, none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes, and we are all different so conflict in inevitable. Calmly talking through your differences is much more effective than holding in your anger until you explode and mutual respect is the key!