Parenting - values | 3-10 yrs

Teaching Your Child Respect


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

Are today’s children becoming increasingly disrespectful? Do you find your child showing disrespectful behaviour every now and then? Whatever be the reasons for your child’s disrespectful behaviour, there are effective ways to teach your child how to respect.

Children learn about basic courtesy first and foremost at home by observing how adults treat others. Teach your child when and how to use polite words. ‘Sorry’ and ‘thank you’ are the two important polite terms children must use whenever appropriate. Basic courtesies like opening the door for elders, speaking politely to shop assistants or cashier at the grocery counter, or neighbours are things children must know. Showing respect is not restricted only to human beings, you should also teach your child to respect nature by being kind to animals.

Respecting self or fostering a sense of self-respect in children is also important. You can do this by listen patiently to what your child says, taking your child’s feeling seriously, showing appreciation for his efforts etc.

Another important aspect is mutual respect in a parent–child relationship. According to, “Children have intrinsic value and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect, without feeling as though their parents control every move they make.” Encouraging mutual respect leads to closer bonding between parents and children. Remember, teaching your child about respect is best done through your own example and raising a child who respects others is a great parenting achievement.

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