RESPECT – October’s WORD of the Month

“Children may close their ears to advice, but open their eyes to example.”  -unknown

Respect – How to teach it and how to show it

One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect.

Keep in mind that respect is not always the same as obedience. Children might obey because they are afraid. If they respect you, they will obey because they know you want what’s best for them.

The best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is.

Respect is an attitude. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for persons of authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed.

A respectful child takes care of belongings and responsibilities, and a respectful child gets along with peers.

How can you show respect to your child?

Be Honest – If you do something wrong, admit it and apologize.

Be Positive – Don’t embarrass, insult or make fun of your child. Compliment them.

Be Trusting – Let your child make choices and take responsibility.

Be Fair – Listen to your child’s side of the story before reaching a conclusion.

Be Polite – Use “please” and “thank you”. Knock before entering your child’s room.

Be Reliable – Keep promises. Show your child you mean what you say.

Be a Good Listener – Give your child you full attention.

Be a Good Role Model – Obey laws, follow rules. When you see examples of disrespect, discuss them.

Be Caring – Show concern for people, animals and the environment.

Be Comforting – Say “I Love You” often, and give plenty of hugs and kisses.

Be Understanding – If your child makes a mistake, remind them they are still loved.