The famous teacher Maria Montessori once said: “You build a good character first and add knowledge later”. But most parents forget to teach children to respect themselves and those around them during their upbringing. Respect starts at home. And it is the parents who must pass it on to their children.

Respect starts at home

Teaching children respect

Respect does not mean obedience and discipline. Instead when child has respect he abides on his own because he knows that what you ask of him is for his own good.

Respect is a way of life and not just a good behavior. It is not plural in essence, but in thought, in practice (how often we use it), in emotions, the way we look at people and listen to someone, in the way we value others.

Respect is the words “thank you”, “please”, “sorry”, “sincerity” and “truth”. Respect means success. The child who knows what respect is treats his belonging & toys accordingly. He has responsibility and is in good relationship with his friends and classmates.

Useful tips

Treat your child with respect and show it to them. Respect should not depend on the age or your place in the family tree. Always begin with a simple word “please” whenever you ask for something.

Make respect your way of life. Usually children see their parents as an example and learn to live like them. Parents, you are your child’s idol! Are you respectful? If you are, he will be too.

Keep the promises you make. If you promise a reward for something, provide it. If you promise consistency, you must maintain it.

Respect starts at home

How do you raise smart kids?

Praise your child’s behavior, but also point out the behaviors of others who are respectful.

Resent your child’s disrespect and disrespect others show.

Teach your kid to care about people, animals and the environment.

Listen carefully to your child. Look him in the eyes whenever he speaks to you.

Appreciate your kid’s need for fun and time with their friends.

Make sure you say what you mean clearly and actually mean what you say as to stay reliable.

Listen to your child’s concerns and words before making a decision or reaching a conclusion. Avoid rushing and causing a crisis.

Knock on the door before entering the child’s room, especially if it is shut (and even more so if it’s a bathroom).

Ask for his permission to use or borrow any of his possessions.

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