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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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Respect for Others

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

—HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK

The importance of showing respect and tolerance for other people is an easy thing to say. But it’s a surprisingly difficult thing to do. That’s because there’s often a formidable degree of pressure from our peers to do exactly the opposite. In that sense, it often takes courage and creativity to show others the degree of respect they deserve. One person who learned that at a young age was Ed Tanguay.

When Ed was a five- or six-year-old boy growing up in Monument, Colorado, he noticed that his was the only house in the neighborhood painted red. All the other houses were either brown or green. When he asked his dad why, his ...

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