Ready for Your Children to Show More Respect? 🙋♀️
Respect for others and oneself used to be taught at home and reinforced in church, school, and the whole community. But things have changed, and our society is slowly teaching our kids to be disrespectful instead. Hearing rude parents, watching out-of-control kids in public places or listening to gossiping parents make the job of mothers even more difficult. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to encourage respectful behavior in your children. This article will provide information about teaching children about respect that will make them behave respectfully at school, in public, and to authorities.
7 Ways Parents can Use to Teach and Encourage Respect in School-Aged Children
- Be a Role Model: The example that you set to your children has a powerful influence on how they will behave. Therefore, if you want them to be respectful start by respecting them and other people you interact with on a daily basis. Give your children the freedom to make some decisions on their own. The more you appreciate other people, the more your children will learn to be respectful. Always remember that your children will copy exactly what you do to others.
- Teach Your Children Basic Social Interaction Skills: It may sound outdated, but it is crucial to teach your children basic manners such as saying “thank you” and “please.” Your children can show respect and care through basic manners. Teaching such manners will help them to acknowledge their impact on others and make them more respectful.
- Stay Calm: As a parent, you need to avoid overreacting to a seemingly disrespectful behavior in your child. If he calls you a name do not engage. Just relax because your child may not know that is disrespectful behavior. Instead, look your child at the face firmly and say “We do not name call in this family” That teaches your child how to ask something respectably. When you want me to assist you, do it nicely. Say “Mom could please assist me to do my homework?”
- Apologize for Mistakes: Parents are human, and sometimes they make mistakes. You need to forgive yourself after you have mishandled or hurt your child’s feelings. It very crucial to tell your child that you are sorry for all that happened. Specific but sincere apologies show your child how you respect their inner feelings and that you are sorry about your behavior. It shows them that it is alright to error and admits it. This will help them to apologize to their friends when they make mistakes.
- Expect Disagreements: Life would be enjoyable if our children complied with all our orders. Unfortunately, that is not realistic Always remember that when your child does not agree to all your orders, she is not trying to disrespect you; she only has a different viewpoint. Teach her that she can do better if she stops to express her disagreements disrespectfully. Always teach her to talk nicely even if she holds a contrary opinion and show some respect. It is hard to be disrespectful to people that we help on several occasions. The more your child helps others; he will become compassionate about their feelings. We should gently encourage our children to help others.
- Give them Reasons to Respect: Parenting is not an easy task. You children may not understand why they need to respect you or others. It is not their fault they do not come to this world with a sense of respecting their peers or seniors. From birth, they learn to manipulate the world to get what they want- that’s natural and deceitful. Parents should not demand to be respected by them instead show and demonstrate how to be respectful. You have to give it to get it.
- Use Books or Online Resources: There are several books and online resources that can help parents know how they can teach their children to be respectful. They will help parents to adopt effective strategies to make their children to become respectable and responsible citizens. Encouraging and teaching children to respect others will help to curb violence, injustice, and hatred.
Until Next Time,