September 2019

Respect

Teaching respect is just one way that you can help to build your child’s good character.  A little extra time spent teaching and modeling “how” and “why” to be respectful can help in providing a firm foundation that includes the character pillar of respect.

Toddlers often act on impulse: grabbing, hitting, or screaming.  Additionally, language skills are still emerging in young children, and they need adult assistance to identify their feelings. Teaching respect to preschoolers can be accomplished through everyday interactions with adults who model respectful behavior.

Display good manners in your home by using “thank you” and “please” appropriately.

Treat all family members with respect.

Help your child learn respect by giving him the words you’d like to hear. If your child grabs a toy you can tell him; “When you want something that your brother has, I expect you to ask him if he is finished playing with it.” If your child demands a snack, you can instruct her; “When you are hungry, I’d like to hear, ‘Please mom, when you have time, could you fix a snack for me?”

Teach your children about differences.  You can discuss how your family members are different and unique from each other by pointing out eye color, hair color, height, and skin tone.  Talk about how each of you is “special” in your own way.

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