- Be a good role model. Show respect to everyone, obey rules, and take responsibility for your actions.
- Treat your child with respect even if he/she is misbehaving. Don’t use harsh words or sarcasm.
- Establish rules early on. Be clear about consequences and follow through with them.
- Help your child learn to be open-minded and understand that there’s more than one way to do or think about something.
- Teach your child about different cultures and let him/her know that everyone is special.
- Set conditions for borrowing things. If your child wants to use your phone, say, “You can play on my phone for 10 minutes, but you need to give it back when I ask.”
- If your child breaks or harms something, tell him/her how that action hurts others.
- Teach food communication skills. Discuss how to be a good listener, make eye contact, and not interrupt.
- Have zero tolerance for rudeness, bad manners, and misbehavior.
- Stand your ground. Remember that you’re in charge and that you need to be a parent, not a friend.
CSP Spotlight:10 Tips for Teaching Your Child Respect
If you're trying to teach your child about respect, here are ten suggestions that may prove helpful.