Amy Grant Tries to Teach Kids Respect

08/30/2008 at 10:00 AM ET
Roger Wong/INF

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 MillsMillie,’ 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.

Source: BeliefNet

How did you handle blending families?

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

Share this story:

Your reaction:

Add A Comment reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 3 comments

Nancy S on

“You cannot yell at your children and expect them to treat you with respect.”

I absolutely agree with her!
You really need to respect your child to gain their respect back – you cannot shout at your child or spank them and expect them to respect you simply for the fact that they are scared of what will happen if they don’t.

I fully intend to set the example with my own daughter by communication – when she has done something that is not okay – I will tell her with words exactly why she it is she should not do it.

I believe by shouting or spanking a child you are not teaching them to respect you- you are teaching them that they cannot trust you,and that it is okay to shout or hit other people when they are angry or upset.

i think on

I disagree.

Perhaps Amy cannot yell at HER kids, but I do mine. Yes talking works, but they also need to reognise elevated situations.

When I yell the kids know they are in serious trouble.

LolaBean on

Were they teaching their children about respect when the cheated on their orginal spouses? Doubt it.

Any parent who says they’ve never yelled at their kid is lying or doesn’t spend time with their kid. I believe that like I believe when a parent says their kid never throws tantrums. Sure.

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters