The concept of revering childhood seems natural to me… Why? Because I remember mine. It was challenging. I wanted my efforts recognized, as well as my thoughts and opinions respected and considered.
As I matured, I discovered the concepts of honoring and respect… It occurred to me that all children and their journey (that being their childhood) are to be revered.
There are different definitions for these terms, but in my mind, and for the purposes related to being a mentor and companion for a child, the following are the definitions you will find referred to on this site:
Honor(ing): To admire, to value, to recognize and acknowledge, to perceive dignity. To adore, to celebrate, to revere.
Respect: To adore, to consider valuable, to think highly of, to recognize, to cherish, to appreciate, to accept, to acknowledge, to provide/give/allow for autonomy.
Definition: have a high opinion of
Synonyms: admire, adore, appreciate, be in awe of, cherish, enjoy, esteem, hold in awe, honor, look up to, love, prize, put on pedestal, regard, respect, think highly of, treasure, value
Antonyms: despise, disregard
Definition: helper, friend
Synonyms: accompaniment, accomplice, aide, ally, assistant,associate, attendant, buddy, chaperon, co-worker, colleague,comrade, guide, match, mate, nurse, pal, partner, playmate, protector, safeguard
Antonyms: enemy, foe, foreigner, opponent, stranger
Synonyms: freedom, liberty, self-determination, self-government, self-rule, sovereignty