If there’s one quality to teach your kids, it should be respect. Technology and media have come a long way since the days we were kids. There are so many movies, TV shows, even music and games that depict anger and rude behavior. And kids learn by example, so when they see that these behaviors are common and seemingly accepted by everyone, they’ll think that it is alright to act that way. This is where YOU as a parent come in.
Respect isn’t a trait that is built-in, it is something that needs to be taught and encouraged. And being their parent, you are the person that they will look up to no matter what; you will be the one to shape who they will become in the future.
Here are some ways to help teach your kids how to respect not only you, but everyone around them. The points beneath the check mark designate what you can do and how you can act, while points under the lightning bolt give you specific examples of the action.
In this day and age, there are a lot of ways for your kids to learn disrespectful actions and behaviors. That is why it is important that you ingrain respect in your kids at a young age. They will always look up to you since you are their guide and role model, and when they see that you respect others, they will see it as something that is very important—and it will hopefully shape them in the future.
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