Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
Whether in public or private, there are several ways to help your child learn respect and feel respected which are:
1. Talk to them with Respect.
In their early years, baby talk is fine. But once your child is no longer a toddler, it’s a good idea to speak to them like grown ups when necessary, it gives them a sense of confidence and improves their morale. They get to express themselves freely also.
2. Don’t Be quick To Respond.
Don’t always have something to say even if you do. In an efforts to guide children, many parents forget to listen. Your child can provide valuable feedback about what they are feeling, which can help you, as a parent, make better decisions about their lives.
3. Don’t distract them.
Let your child speak freely without interruption, just finish the project they are working on or the game they are playing without interruptions. Allow them to speak and finish their thought, even if it takes awhile. Notice when they are concentrating and let them complete a task before you switch their attention to another activity.
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4. Don’t Judge Them, Applaud Them.
When your child makes mistakes which they certainly will, Be patient and encourage them. Let them discover their own mistakes rather than pointing them out and lashing them.
They may be silly mistakes, but try not to respond with judgement or funny remarks, it can damage self-esteem and discourage them from participating. Instead, observe your child without judgement and encourage them to try again.
5. Allow them their Privacy.
Know how to prove to your child that you trust them, Give them a sense of privacy. Knock before entering their room and avoid talking about your children in front of other adults. This can be embarrassing for them and can foster a sense of betrayal and don’t compare other children to yours whether publicly or privately.
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