How to Raise a Respectful Child

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Respect is a key moral value that gives your child the opportunity to converse with others, show their kindness, and be helpful members of society. When they’re babies, children tend to be crying and demanding attention, but when they’re older they will become more aware of their surroundings, and understanding that crying will not get them far. Here are some tips to raising a respectful child from this grammar school in Surrey.

Confront disrespect whenever you see it

The first steps to showing your child about the importance of respect is flagging up whenever they show signs of disrespect. Of course it’s never as easy as this, you will need to show your child how they shape their bad behaviour into good actions instead. Start by having conversations with your child about poor behaviour and how they would want to be treated. Half the time you’ll find your child actually agrees and wants to be given the same respect they deserve, so educate them early on.

Set realistic expectations for your child’s behaviour

Your child will find it difficult to understand how to manage their behaviour after one discussion about it. You should find time to slowly improve their view on how to manage their thoughts and feelings and set realistic goals for them to improve. For example, when going to a friend’s house, speak to your child beforehand about what to expect and how they can manage their behaviour to gear them up for what’s to come.

Show your child the benefits of being respectful

Being respectful is going to of course bring a number of benefits to a child’s understanding of how they should approach others. Praise them for the effort they have put into being kind towards others, and having the chance to show how they would treat their friends and family. The more they’re able to see how their impact helps others, the more likely they are at being respectful in the future.

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