Children learn things first through their parents. They tend to always follow what they see and bring it with them up until they grow up. That is why it is essential to teach kids about respect as one of their first values. But parents must teach this to their children in the most effective way because if the applied method is wrong, it might end up going out of hand. We will discuss for you the simple yet effective ways how to teach your children about respect.
Speak in a Polite Manner
Keep in mind that the way you speak to your child will be the same way he speaks to you and everyone else. Speaking politely will teach your kids how to talk to people, giving them a good impression. For example, instead of saying, “Why are you taking so long to wash the dishes? You are so lazy!”, you can respectfully say, “I am proud that you are becoming a responsible child, washing the dishes. Maybe you can practice washing them as soon as we are done eating so that you won’t have to feel rushed, sweetie.”
Respect Your Children’s Choices
Children do many things, and some examples are experimenting with the way they dress, enjoying nature, preferring to do other things, and more. A great way of practice to let your children learn respect throughout their lives is to let them be (in a good way). If they wear an unusual pair of clothes or want to go out and play in the rain, do not prevent them! Instead, you can support them as it will be part of their growth. The quality of your response is less crucial than the fact that it acknowledges your child’s desire to learn.
Think About How You’re Going to Resolve a Problem
We propose having sit-down household discussions in which you listen to your children’s perspectives with a responsive, democratic ear. Even if you disagree with them, you want your children to see that you are doing your best to listen politely. As they grow older, the challenges will only become more complex, thus it’s critical to establish a robust mutual respect practice.
This isn’t to say that kids always receive what they want, or strong feelings aren’t allowed. Rather than being angry or urging them not to disrespect you, attempt to understand the feelings underlying what appears to be contempt.
Teach Your Children Proper Etiquette
This means teaching your children profound proper manners, making the gentlemen and ladies. The practice of saying “Please,” “Thank you, “You’re welcome,” and “I appreciate it” regularly is an excellent way of adhering to their minds about proper and respectful etiquettes throughout the future. It will also help if you teach your children how to apologize appropriately and take responsibility for the mistakes they have made, even if it was an accident or not. Owning up to their actions that hurt someone is a good way to apologize too.
Give Them Your Undivided Attention
Put your phone down, make eye contact, and ask follow-up questions to demonstrate active listening. It takes a lot of love to listen well. When those youngsters have their own phones, you’ll want them to have lots of practice putting theirs down to look up and listen out. It’s okay for parents to be pushy and say things like, “I want you to look up at me, so I understand you’re paying close attention,” as long as you do the same for your kids.
It is very important that your children learn more about respect because this is a value that they will carry throughout their lives. Teaching your kids about respect may be simple, but there are proper ways to do so, such as the things listed above. One way of teaching them about this while having fun is to read them a book. We recommend “The Very Hungry Bear” by Dirdura Wynn; this fun book talks all about being respectful to others.