Respect is sadly becoming a lost art. Many children aren’t being taught it because, quite frankly, their parents don’t show respect to anyone themselves. They cuss, they swear, they don’t respect their elders, need I rant further?
Respect is one of the key values society needs to hang on to. Make sure you give it and teach your kids how to give it too.
Here’s how with the TEN Its of Respect:
- Understand It – Know yourself what it means to be respectful of others and to respect yourself
- Walk It – Walk the talk and set the example by being a model of respect.
- Discuss It – Talk about respect. What it means. Why it’s important.
- Teach It – Break it down and teach your children ways to be respectful.
- Practice It – Practice being respectful together. If you show someone respect, point it out to them.
- Expect It – Make it clear to everyone in the family that respect is a family rule and expected of everyone.
- Praise It – If you catch your child showing respect, PRAISE it, loud and clear.
- Acknowledge It – The fact that someone’s been respectful should never go unnoticed.
- Reward It – Whether it’s with praise, a special treat or simple a smile, don’t let respect go unrewarded.
- Get It – If you want to get it, you’ve got to give it. Follow step 1 – 9 yourself and you’re mostly there.