Teaching Respect and Curbing Disrespect

Parenting Tips for Teaching Respect and Curbing Disrespect:

Model it: If you want them to do it, you have to do it too.

Expect it: When your expectations are reasonably high, children rise to the occasion.

Praise it: When you see or hear your children using respectful language and making respectful choices, recognize it and praise them for making positive, respectful decisions.

Discuss it: Pick out times when you see other children using respectful or disrespectful language or behavior and discuss it with your children.

Correct it: Be strong, firm and direct when teaching respect. At the same time, be sure you are being respectful yourself while correcting the behavior.

Acknowledge it: Don't just let things slide! Be sure to notice when respectful behavior is being exhibited and make sure to call them on disrespectful behavior!

Understand it: Your children are growing and learning. Sometimes word choice and behavioral decisions are made because they do not have the correct words or behavior to relay “I'm tired,” “I'm frustrated,” or “I'm angry.”

Reinforce it: Remind children of their good decisions so that they remember how it felt, the praise they received, and the overall experience of being respectful.

Reward it: Respectful behavior should be something that children want to do without overindulgent rewards. However, it is good to associate respectful behavior with intangible rewards such as praise, recognition, extra responsibility, and privileges.

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