I had a friend whose son was getting ready to go off to his freshman year of college. We drove
him up to his college and we intended to stay up there for three days. During the five hour car
ride there, he kept insisting that we leave after we dropped him off. We told him that we were
definitely staying over for at least one night. After we moved him in we took him to dinner and
walked around campus with him. I watched his body language and I realized that even though he
had lobbied for us to leave in the car for five hours, he was glad we stayed.
This story is not unique. Parents today have a terrible time when their children leave home.
That's because they know deep down that they haven't done enough to prepare their children for
independence. Children today are not given enough basic responsibilities as they grow and aren't
prepared for all that lies ahead in their lives. These children haven't learned enough about
survival out in the dog eat dog world. They are emotionally immature.Emotionally mature
people have certain characteristics that make it easy to recognize them. What are these
characteristics and what does an emotion-ally mature person look like?
Emotionally Mature People are Respectful
People who are emotionally mature is respectful. They don't live and die by the sayingI'll give
respect when I get respect. They are respectful to everyone regardless of how they are treated.
They have an appreciation for the rights and privileges of another person and therefore can
accept differences of opinions gracefully.
Emotionally mature people have a built- in set of values that won't allow them to use their words
or actions to be disrespectful to anyone. Emotion-ally mature people enjoy another other people's
successes and are ready to offer praise to others for their accomplishments. Emotionally mature
people know how to respond to authority and know how to work with their employers regardless
of whether or not they like their boss.
When I was a young teacher, I w