My son is 11 and I was on a board with a bunch of other moms who's children were due in November 2000 from the time I was pregnant with him. Many of us have stuck together and now we're on Facebook. One mom asked today how the others deal with the disrespect that comes with this age and so far three other moms have complained that they are at their wits-end with the disrespect as well. Then I look across the table at my son. He's not been in school ever and I really think that plays a big role. He also has not seen disrespect in his home and so he is a very respectful kid and I can't imagine him even TRYING to be disrespectful. Why is it that everyone assumes that a kid in middle school HAS to be disrespectful? "It's normal. It's the age." is what many are saying and I just don't get it. I've gotten a child to 21 without disrespect and the others are following suit. I'm not a super mom by any means but why can't people just realize that the disrespect at 2 is NOT cute and that it only gets worse so work on it now? That kids need to learn respect in order to be able to even have friends and hold a job?? I just don't get it!