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Purpose: To support boys in being RESPECT - ABLE so they become RESPECTABLE.

RESPECTa feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements


ABLE: having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something

RESPECTABLEregarded by society to be good, proper, or correct

Respect - Able Boys Become Respectable Men

They have self-respect

They are respectful towards others

They earn respect

They admire respectable people

They don't accept disrespect

Vision for Respect - Able

I don't know that the vision for RESPECT - ABLE is crystal clear yet. What I do know is the sooner we can introduce important concepts and instill meaningful values into our children, the greater chance they have of living higher-quality lives while hopefully avoiding some of the mental and emotional challenges people face who struggle with self-respect, esteem and worth. The only way for this to happen is for adults to be talking about important concepts and meaningful values, while we do our best to walk our talk. It's about intention and effort, not perfection.

I'm happy to start the conversation.

What About Girls?

I have a mother, a daughter, a sister and three nieces. I want every girl and woman to be Respect-Able and have the self-respect and confidence to live the lives they deserve.  My belief is that the more Respectable  our boys and men are, the easier things will be for the girls and women in their lives. They will be better sons, brothers, fathers, employees, members of the community and leaders.


If you are passionate about starting a similar program for girls, please let me know. I will support anyway I can.

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Articles about Self-Respect, Esteem and Worth

Your Child's Self Esteem Starts With You @ Psychology Today

The Effects of Parental Involvement on Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem @


What Parents Need to Know About Self-Esteem @ The Center for Parenting Education


How Dominant Parents Affect Kids' Self-Worth @


Instilling Self-Esteem in Children @ Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt


The Use and Abuse of Parental Criticism with Adolecents @ Psychology Today


Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect @ Psychology Today


12 Ways Mothers Cause Their Daughters Poor Self-Esteem @ Babygaga


Overly-Controlling Parents Cause Their Children Lifelong Psychological Damage, says Study @ INDEPENDENT


8 Parenting Mistakes That Affect Your Child's Self-Esteem @ PICK any TWO


Parental Influence on the Emotional Development of Children @ Developmental Psychology at Vanderbilt


10 Ways Parents Destroy Their Children's Self-Esteem @


11 Tips on Building Self-Esteem in Children @


How Bully Parents Erode Kids' Self-Esteem and Create Long-Lasting Damage @ U.S. News


Parents' Attitudes and Beliefs: Their Impact on Children's Development @ Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Dev.


Self-Esteem and Your Child's Motivation @ Child Development Institute


"I Believe In You"!" How to Vanquish a Child's Low Self-Esteem @ ADDtitude


9 Steps to More Effective Parenting @ Kids Health


5 Reasons Why Helicopter Parents are Sabotaging Their Child's Career @