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Teaching Children the Importance of Respect

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

Every parent should try to teach their children how to respect others and how to gain respect for themselves. Children will only realise its importance when you show them respect, this way they will know how it feels to be respected and will realise its importance once they experience it.
As the saying, goes "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Child can gain a lot in life if he/she has a respectful attitude towards others. They will never succeed in life unless they learn to respect their peers and authorities. Realising the importance will make the child responsible and careful of the things and people around them. Those who have no respect for their own selves can never be success in life.
Although, children are taught the importance of respect in schools but it is also the responsibility of the parents to make their children realise this important attitude of human beings. They will have the same attitude everywhere else as they have at home. Parents are the ultimate teachers and they have the most effecting influence on children.
Here is how you can teach your child the importance of respect. If you make a mistake, admit it and apologise. Never insult your child or embarrass them this will take away their self-respect. Instead of making fun of them and damaging their self-esteem, compliment them on their work and encourage them to take decisions and accept responsibilities. Respect them and ask for their opinion before reaching to a conclusion regarding any issue that concerns them. Use polite language and respect their privacy. Instead of ordering, they ask them politely to do things you want them to. Try not to disappoint them by breaking your promises.
This way, your child will learn to respect itself and have a respectful attitude towards others. If they do not have any respect for themselves, they will never learn to respect others. Teach them that respect cannot be bought or taken it has to be earned. How you behave outside the house as a citizen and your behaviour with others sets an example for the young ones around you especially your own children.
Make them feel loved and praise them as much as you can but also make them realise if they are doing anything wrong and help them, rather than using a harsh tone or disrespectful words. Lift their spirits when they make mistakes by telling them it's just a process of learning and becoming better. 

Show Children Respect and They'll Learn How to Respect Others
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How to Teach Children Respect



Oct 14, 2011 7:56am
So true, this is something that has been lost for years now. I wish more people realised the importance of teaching our kids to respect the law, their parents and other people.
It would be a much better world. Great subject and article. Rated up
Oct 14, 2011 10:34am
I definitely agree that parents need to do a better job of teaching their children how to respect, and I would add that parents need to stop trying to be their child's friend first.
Oct 15, 2011 7:00am
Thank you for your comments eileen and KrisSigeti.

As you said eileen, we'd have a much better world if people are brought upm to value respect. As parents, I think it isn't only our personal responsibility to teach our kids about having a sense of respect, but a civic duty as well. By teaching them the value of respect we bring them up to be productive members of our communities.

I agree with you KrisSigeti about your point regarding how parents should stop trying to be their child's friend. That's not our role.
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