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Children learn how to give and receive respect and caring primarily in the family. Yet, in many families, the expression of these intangible gifts can be conflicted, intermittent or lacking. Even caring and respectful adults sometimes leave their best behavior at the door when they are with their families.

This may be a challenging session to lead if the topic of sharing respect and care with family members raises very strong emotions about your family of origin. Reflect on how respect and caring were expressed in the family of your childhood. Then reflect on how you demonstrate these qualities in your family now. Take a deep breath and allow any negative feelings that have come up for you to pass.

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