Today’s young are a disrespectful lot to begin with, but are they really so disrespectful that they could find it acceptable to hit their parent? From not getting their way temper tantrums, to full blown rage children are under the impression that it is okay to hit their parents, grandparents, and other elders in the family.
It will always be acceptable for a parent to slap their child, even into adult-hood if the child offends the parent or their conduct warrants such, but it will never be acceptable for the child to slap the parent regardless of any reason.
This is respect. Sure your young ass can probably beat your mother down real easy, but respect says you take the slap and apologize for whatever you did wrong. To raise your hand at a parent, something seriously wrong must be happening, and even then restraint is the wiser choice. Some of you youngsters may even be able to take on your father, but you will likely have to find a place to live elsewhere fairly soon because no father will tolerate such from a child. I should probably not say “no father” as there is likely some wimp out there that will allow it and your cuckolding him will probably be the next step in abuse of him. Your mother may take exception to that however. Who knows, maybe it will be your mother that teaches you respect.
Abusive acts towards grand-parents and elderly parents is “elder-abuse” and these people are of such age that they generally cannot defend themselves from a youngsters aggression. This is another “respect” issue. The last thing you should do is assault or batter an elderly relative. Out of respect alone, you should tolerate their moodiness, their lack of hearing or sight, and their needs for help. You should make every effort to be respectful to the elderly and if you are smart take the opportunity to learn from them.
No, I did not get beat down by one of my children. I was doing research for an article unrelated to this topic and ran across a number of incidents that made me question if our young know what respect is.