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Being respectful is going to be a big part of how your child will learn to adapt and grow into a well-rounded individual. There is also the impact of being a better behaved and more reasonable person overall, which can impact a child’s understanding of being honest and more caring. Here are some ways you can help build your child’s understanding of respect.
These are activities your child can pick up during school time. At a number of independent schools, children will get to experience different co-curricular activities on a regular basis to allow them to discover their confidence. Encourage your child to explore these in schools, or provide a place for them to pick up these activities from home.
Activities that encourage children to work in teams will help them learn to be kind and supportive towards others – a great way to show them how respect is earned.
There’s a lot your child would learn from you giving them the chance to earn respect and see it from you as well. Be a good parent by showing your child how you can be respectful towards them and they are bound to pick up these skills from you. You should be encouraging your child to know their own worth and they won’t be able to do that if they find they’re not being respected.
In public it’s easy to find ways that other children are being kind. Point them out to your child to better help them understand how they too can mimic those similar actions. You can also make a habit of rewarding your child every time they act respectful or kind to remind them that they are doing a good job.