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Zero Tolerance For Disrespect

Hi Dr. Laura:

Recently, my 16-year-old daughter was in the cafeteria at school, eating with her friends.  One of her guy friends at another table called to her and motioned for her.  She decided to walk over.  As she approached the table, a different guy, thinking he was being funny said,"yeah, get your b*tch ass over there."  My girl instinctively reeled around and smacked him.  "Don't ever talk to me that way," she said in a low voice and continued on.  Some boys went "oooooh."  Others just sat with gaping mouths.  My daughter is 5 feet tall and a ballerina - the sweetest, kindest little thing in the world with a dimple when she smiles.  But she was not going to tolerate being called that.

The boys all treat her now with so much respect, you can't believe it.  Not too long ago, she had her first date.  The boy came up to the front door (required by us), met by my husband.  My husband shook his hand, looked him in the eye and asked where he intended to take her and when they'd be home.  "You take care of my daughter," he said.  As they walked away, his demeanor softened.  "Have a good time!"  

My daughter knows her alpha male daddy loves her and will protect her.  The boy opened the car door, paid her way, bought her popcorn at the movies, returned her home on time, and told her he had a wonderful time.  

Thank you so much for being there with me and for me, giving me the courage to keep working hard to maintain high standards, to model sweetness and strength, and to aspire to what they used to call virtue.

A grateful, pedestal-sitting Mom,


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Tags: Character-Courage-Conscience, Parenting, Personal Responsibility, Values, Woman Power
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