I have heard time and time again that a habit can be formed in 21 straight days. If the action is repeated time and time again. I am challenging all parents and teachers to teach your children the importance of showing respect to others. Early intervention is the key to success.
But before you can teach children to show respect, you need to teach them what the word RESPECT means. It sounds difficult but is really very simple. Teach your child that having respect is how they feel about someone else and how they treat them.
Respect is shown when someone is having good thoughts about who a person is or how they act. Children need to know that they can have respect for others, but also for themselves.
Give children examples of ways of showing respect to others; teach them to say respectful words to others. Encourage them to say please and thank you when asking for help or items. Teach them that we are quiet in certain locations. In church and at the library, we show respect to others trying to worship or read. Discuss the importance of respecting our elders. Talk about ways to be respectful.
Children need to learn that they can respect themselves by eating properly and using their table manners. Another example to teach is that they should respect their own bodies by taking baths and brushing their teeth.
Your children will surprise you by their conversations. The biggest thing to remember is that it is our job, as adults, to teach the meaning of respect first, discuss examples, and enforce the process on a daily basis.With your help, our world can become a more RESPECTFUL place.
Blessings until next time!