First, we have to start with ourselves and Be Good Role Models
Children will do what they see us do. We can’t be disrespectful.
We need to model the behavior we want to see in our children. Respect our belongings, be patient and open minded with others, and listen with full attention.
Expect Good Manners
Don’t let children think that manners are optional or temporary.
Don’t Tolerate Rudeness
When we allow our children to be rude, talk back, or talk snotty, we lead them to believe it’s okay to disrespect us and other people too. As parents we need to respond to this behavior. We need to make it clear that no matter how frustrated or annoyed our children may be, it is never okay to speak to other people in those tones.
Encourage your kids to express their feelings, using statement that start with “I”. “I feel angry and frustrated”. “I feel mad”. Encourage them to put their feelings into words by asking them questions. When our son is making sarcastic comments, I find myself saying “you seem upset, let’s talk about it”. It will take time for your kids to learn to express their emotions instead of being rude, but it will work. When they slip up, teach them the importance of saying “I am sorry”.
Don’t let children disrespect belongings.
Teach Your Children to Listen
One of the most fundamental ways to show respect to other people is to listen to them. That means giving them our time and attention. Don’t let your kids watch television while you are trying to talk to them…or keep their head down in their books, coloring, or looking at the floor.
Diversity Makes the World go Around
Encourage Your Children to be Open Minded
Treating others with respect means that we take some time to get to know them and understand them. This is a principle we have to teach our children. They might not like all the other kids, but they need to give them a chance.
Lastly, Rules are important
Don’t allow children to do what ever they want.
Instead…Set boundaries. Believe it or not, children want rules and boundaries. This will help children learn to respect authority and that the world doesn’t revolve around them. This is a skill they will need in everything they do.
- HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN RESPECT?
- DO YOU THINK THAT KIDS HAVE LESS RESPECT THESE DAYS?
- ANYONE FEEL LIKE THEY SENT THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL AT 5, W/RESPECT, AND THEY CAME HOME W/OUT RESPECT?