Teaching Respect to our Children

You are at a restaurant with your family when a person sitting at a table across the room yells at the waiter,

“Hey, my steak is overcooked! I asked for medium rare! Why are you not listening? Go and get me the right dish.”

What would you think of this person saying (or shouting this)? I don’t know about you, but I would think this person is being quite rude and disrespectful. Does this person think they have the right to talk (down) to a waiter like that?

What is Respect?

Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing. Respect doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something you learn.

Modelling Respect to our Children

Ever hear people talk about young people like this …

“They don’t treat anyone or anything with respect.”

As ironic as it may seem, adults often attempt to teach respect to children by treating them disrespectfully. Our treatment of children and our treatment of one another teaches them both respect and disrespect.

When children live with disrespect, they learn disrespect. We can teach respect only by modeling treating each other with respect and by giving children the same respect we expect.

There are plenty of other tips and advice on children and some references are included under Other References.

Other References


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