Children need to learn how to be respectful. It seems to be an outdated value but teaching kids to respect their parents helps them feel secure. They do not want to be in charge. Kids will often fight and push the limits just to see that their parents mean what they say. They want parents to follow through will the rules that they have set. They want parents to maintain their status as authority figures.In order to teach your child to treat others with respect and dignity, they must also be treated that way.Parents play an essential role in teaching children how to form healthy relationships and grow into socially adept individuals. The most effective way to teach children this lesson is by modeling the behavior you want to encourage. Every time you say “please” or lend a helping hand, you are showing your children how you would like them to act. Ask for your children’s help with daily tasks, and accept their offers of help. Praise your child’s good behavior and traits often, and help them realize how good it feels inside to do a good deed or be generous with another person.
Encourage acts of generosity through sharing and cooperation. Let your child know when it’s someone else’s turn with a toy or on the swing and praise their ability to recognize this on their own. Thank them for being polite and respectful and for sharing and cooperating.
Children know from their own experiences that words can hurt, and that name-calling, teasing, or excluding others affects how people feel. Children want to be treated fairly, but they don’t always understand how to treat others the same way. One way to teach fairness is to explain a rule to your child, pointing out that it applies to him as well as to others.