Children aren’t born with a natural ability to respect others; in many regards, respect is cultural. This has to be taught. In fact, children are natural manipulators, working to meet their own personal needs. It is our job as parents to teach them to not only respect us and others, but to also respect themselves.
The best way to teach respect is to model it. Always remember that kids mimic everything they see. When you treat them and all of those they love, with respect that will help to guide their behavior. Conversely, if they see their parents behaving in a disrespectful manner, that will encourage them to be disrespectful. They are putting all of their trust in you to teach them right from wrong. Be the role models they need and deserve!
In some ways, the definition of respect may be universal. However, we are all different people who have different ideas of what respect means to us. This is why you need to ensure you’re in alignment with your co-parent. Being consistent will help to alleviate confusion for your children and better facilitate the learning process for them.
“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” – Steve Maraboli