Model the respectful
behavior you'd like to see from your child
When it comes to teaching your child about respect, the idea isn't
to teach him at all. It's to show him. By demonstrating what
respect looks like, you'll go a long way toward helping your child
Here are some everyday ways to demonstrate respect:
- Be honest. Tell the truth. Admit mistakes--don't blame others
for them. Apologize (even to your child) when you are wrong.
- Be dependable. If you tell your child you'll do something, do
it. Earn his respect by proving that you're reliable. And when you
can't do something, be honest about it. It's an easy way to show
him some respect.
- Be kind. Don't insult or belittle your child when he messes
- Be fair. Don't pass judgment on your child or punish him for
something before learning all the facts. Show respect by taking the
time to get his side of the story.
- Be polite. Say please, thank you and excuse me when talking to
your child. Don't barge into his room, either. Instead, knock.
Reprinted with permission from the October 2014
issue of Parents Still make the difference!®
(Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2014 The
Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.
Dr. Linda C. Wilson