Amy Grant Tries to Teach Kids Respect
When singers Amy Grant and Vince Gill married in 2000 they weren’t quite sure how their kids — four between them, at the time — would get along. Amy knew that "the most important thing to try to do is to maintain respect for each other, respect in how you communicate." She knows that is not easy because "sometimes with family, it’s where you’re the most comfortable that you don’t put out very much effort."
"You let all of your dirty laundry out. ‘I had a bad day. I don’t have to posture for any of you guys. You’regoing to get the barrage of how I felt today.’"
Instead, Amy, 47, says it "really starts with the older people under the roof to raise the barand be respectful," she explains. "You cannot yell at your children and expect them totreat you with respect."
Amy is mom to Matthew Garrison, 20, Gloria Mills ‘Millie,’ 18, and Sarah Cannon, 15, by ex-husband Gary Chapman. Vince, 51, is dad to Jennifer Jerene, 26, by ex-wife Janis Oliver. Amy and Vince are also parents to daughter Corrina Grant, 7.
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