Teaching children respect is not as easy as it sounds. At home, respect goes hand in hand, and when you’re the role model, which all parents and teachers are, we have to stop sometimes and just ask ourselves, “Okay, how am I going to handle this one?” If you’ve asked yourself that, just know you’re not alone. Teaching children respect is like bathing – it’s something we should be doing daily. Being aware of how you speak to your child is the first step in the right direction, and pat yourself on the back when you do take that pause and change the course of action you were about to use. It’s okay to pat yourself on the back and even more okay to say to yourself, “Good job!”
Sometimes though, when you do feel like you have done it all and your child is still disrespectful, that could be when you need a little more help in pinpointing the root of the problem. Is it their friends, children at school, or other adults in their lives? Could it be the television or the movies they watch? The questions are endless, but you get an “A+” for acknowledging that something is wrong and you’re willing to try new things to help your child learn respect.
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“10 Tips on Teaching Respect to Children: You can't get it if you don't give it!” by Dr. Robyn Silverman, a child and teen development expert.
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