10 Ways To Teach Your Child About Respect

10 Ways To Teach Your Child About Respect

Respect for yourself, respect for your elders, respect for your partner… Over the years, through trial and error, you have probably discovered what respect means to you. Perhaps you had difficulty respecting your parents as an adolescent, or maybe it was only later in life that you learned what it meant to respect yourself and set limits. But how can we help our children consciously think about this concept? The 10 methods presented in this article may help you teach your children the true meaning of respect.

By setting a good example, your child will (hopefully) behave respectfully.

1) Respect Others’ Opinions

Yes, even if it means letting your child wear two different pairs of socks out of the house. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to do everything your child wants, but making them feel that their opinion is important will teach them that it’s okay to speak up for themselves while respecting others.

2) Letting Children Decide

Research shows that when children are allowed to contribute to decision-making, it positively impacts their character development. Of course (especially at a young age), these are not yet critical economic issues, but simple questions such as “What shall we have for dinner tonight?” or “What music shall we listen to in the car?” are already making a difference.

3) Pay Attention

Listen actively to what your kids say; you may learn something from this. So, put your cell phone away, look them in the eye, and let them know you are listening. Respect is something we learn with our children.

4) Stimulate Curiosity

To teach your child how to be respectful, teach them that it’s okay to ask questions during the conversation. That way, they can learn to show interest in each other.

5) Addressing Behavior

Of course, it is never fun to roll your eyes when dealing with your child’s behavior. Instead of trying to annoy or anger them, explain how you feel when they misbehave. For example, you can say that you understand that cleaning up toys is not fun, but there is no need for such an annoying attitude and then explain how you feel and how hurt you are.

6) Speak Politely

Teaching respect to children requires setting a good example. And what better example to set than to speak politely. It isn’t easy to do this when your child is fiddling with his shoelaces, and you have to get to work on time. But this goes a long way toward making the other person feel respected.

7) Respect and Resolve Conflicts

As children get older, conflicts occur more frequently. Of course, conflicts do not have to be negative. It is essential to show that you are willing to listen to your child. Even if you disagree, it is natural to listen to your son or daughter and expect the same.

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8) Teach Manners

Teaching children to say “thank you” and “please” seems like a very reasonable thing to do. But also think about how you can teach your children to sincerely apologize (if necessary) and to take responsibility for their actions.

9) Positive Gossip

Gossip has a rather negative connotation. Instead of speaking negatively about someone, you can encourage positive gossip. For example, “How nice of your grandmother to know that blue is your favorite color.” This teaches children to see the good in others from an early age.

10) Allow Them to Experience Other Cultures

Finally, allow them to qualify themselves with other cultures. You may immediately think of a distant country with “strange” customs, but even if you cannot travel abroad, you can still give them ample knowledge about other cultures. Let them sample different foods, teach them Eid, visit museums with them. In this way, you can foster respect for the unfamiliar from an early age.

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