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RESPECT- How to TEACH it & SHOW it

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Too useful not to be shared. Thx to zee for sharing this.

RESPECT- How to TEACH it & SHOW it
by Steve McChesney

One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. Keep in mind that respect is not the same as obedience. Children might obey because they are afraid. If they respect you, they will obey because they know you want what’s best for them.

The best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is.

Keep in mind the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Respect is an attitude. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for peers, authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed.

A respectful child takes care of belongings and responsibilities, and a respectful child gets along with peers.

Schools teach children about respect, but parents have the most influence on how respectful children become. Until children show respect at home, it’s unlikely they will show it anywhere else.

How can you show respect to your child?

Be honest – If you do something wrong, admit it and apologize.

Be positive – Don’t embarrass, insult or make fun of your child. Compliment them.
Be Trusting – Let your child make choices and take responsibility.

Be fair – Listen to your child’s side of the story before reaching a conclusion.

Be polite – Use “please” and “thank you”. Knock before entering your child’s room.

Be reliable – Keep promises. Show your child that you mean what you say.

Be a good listener – Give your child your full attention.

Children learn from everything we say and do. Make sure that you are modeling respectful behavior. Some of things you can do are:

Obey laws – Follow rules.

Be caring – Show concern for people, animals and the environment.

Avoid poor role models – When you see examples of disrespect, discuss them.

When you set rules at home, explain to your child why the rule is important. For instance, if the rule is “No TV between 4:00 and 6:00” it is because this is homework time and homework is important to keep grades up in school.

Teach your child to respect themselves. Self-respect is one of the most important forms of respect.

Once we respect ourselves, it is easier to respect others.

Your opinion means a lot to your child. If you believe your child can succeed, they will believe they can as well.

Build their independence. Give them responsibilities as soon as they can handle them.

Help them set and achieve goals. Their self-respect will skyrocket when they see themselves achieving those goals.

Encourage honesty. Let your child know that they may be able to fool some people, but they can’t fool themselves. There is no pride in stealing, cheating, or lying.

Most importantly, show love! Say ‘I love you” often and give plenty of hugs and kisses.

If your child makes a mistake, remind them that they are still loved.

Age affects children’s respect. Children and adults deserve respect at every age. Here is a guideline based on age:

Babies – They are too young to show respect but when you meet their needs, they learn to trust you. This helps as they get older because respect for authority is based on trust.

Toddlers – They are old enough to learn to say “please” and “thank you”.

Preschoolers – This is a good time to teach rules and consequences.

Elementary age – They show the most respect for adults who make fair rules. It helps to let them have a say in the rules that they are expected to follow.

Middle and High Schoolers – Allow them to show independence, such as clothing or hairstyles, but make sure you have guidelines. They will appreciate the respect you are showing them. We respect you and the incredible job that you have, being a parent.

Have a great day!

- Steve McChesney
http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/teaching/respect/

all grown up

Friday, February 26, 2010


Sarah looks grown up in this picture but she's really little for her age. After going through Aisyah's slow growth, I don't have much worry for Sarah since she showed no signs of distress.

When I was with Aisyah, all the contradictory advice given by self-appointed experts were taken seriously. The more I read and hear, the more confused I became. For e.g. some told me to co-sleep, but others tell me "what for?". Some advised me to let Aisyah sleep on her tummy while some told me sleeping on the side is better. (Anyway Aisyah likes sleeping on her side while Sarah loves to sleep on her belly.)

All these leave questions in my head which sapped my confidence of my own abilities. Am I doing the right thing? As time goes by, I accepted that all I need is some common-sense analysis and just follow my instinct.

on your mark

Thursday, February 11, 2010




Aisyah can finally ride her bicycle properly. She used to do those 'half-cycles'...erm..something like left leg push > retract back > left leg push, gwim? It's funny if you can see it. She was often frustrated whenever we try to corrrect her many2 times (we get frustrated too!) but well, she figured out on her own last Sunday and cycled several rounds Way to go, Aisyah!

February

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

As I watched Aisyah board the van for the first time last month, my last image was of her terrified face as the van drove out of the carpark. It was her first time afterall and I felt bad afterwards.

She refused to go to school the next morning, saying that she didn't have any friends. She would purposely wake up late in the mornings (her van comes at 0745hr) for the next few days making her miss her van. I persuaded her, promised her a brand new bike (which we later bought since we are going to get it anyway) and even threatened (i know I'm a bad Ibu) to take away her new bike.

I met her teachers and informed them of Aisyah's reluctance to go to school. Talking to your kid's teachers do help a lot because things got better after that for me. I'm glad to report that Aisyah has adapted to her school routine remarkably well now...Alhamdulillah. She even does her homework diligently now with lots of motivation, of course.
 
   





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