HOW TO RAISE RESPONSIBLE, RESILIENT AND RESPECTFUL CHILDREN
1. Be an exemplary role model of respect – A parent is a child’s first and greatest teacher. Your child will do what he sees and if he witnesses disrespect – even from you towards him – this is what he will emulate. Have set rules and boundaries for what is acceptable and perpetuate mutual respect within the home. Teach and enforce personal accountability and learn how to nip disrespect in the bud.
2. Create strong family values – Teaching family values such as honesty, integrity, tolerance, generosity and respect begin in the home and are always timely and imperative. Once ingrained -intentional acts of respectfulness, kindness and caring are something your child will do instinctively.
3. Keep channels of communication open. Demonstrate the art of listening, compromise, problem solving and conflict resolution. Adults must spend quality, meaningful time with their children and teach through example that kindness and respect are the foundation for positive and energized change. Disrespect must never be tolerated and perpetuating mutual respect in the home is what your child will learn and take out into the world.