R-E-S-P-E-C-T � sounds so simple! A six letter word which is not at all a hard word to spell and in fact it is not that hard to implement either. It’s an amazing thing. Almost all the schools across America have implemented “Character Education”. The curriculum comprises of teaching students in all grades to understand and act upon core ethical values. Let’s take one from the core, ‘Respect’. How does Character education recommend parents and teachers to teach Respect to their Children or students?
Before you start educating your children on respect, please bear in mind that respect is not the same as obedience. Schools do teach students about respect. But it is their parents who have the most influence on their children and on how respectful they become. As a parent, you can adopt two methodologies. You can show what respect is and you can also teach them how to show respect. Let’s take the first part.
How would you show your child what respect is all about?* You should be honest. If at you did something wrong, admit and apologize.* Compliment your child instead of embarrassing or making fun of him.* Show trust in your child.* Be fair by listening to your kid before you conclude.* Be polite by knocking before you enter your child’s room.* Always keep your promises and that shows your reliability.* Give your child your attention being a keen listener.* Show concern for all.* Follow rules.
Now, how do you teach your child, respect? Character Education curriculum has several ways. One of them is the ‘5S’ method.
1. Start Early � Teach your children to take care of their toys as soon as they are old enough to play and share. Parents should start teaching their child the value of respect at the very beginning of their child’s life.
2. Show Respect � Do something kind like a charity, at least once a month. It can be either serving a meal to the homeless by visiting a local shelter or donating used clothes to the shelter.
3. Say, ‘NO’ � Teach them to say NO to drugs, premarital sex, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.
4. Speak Out � Teach your kid to interact with people. It can be by giving complements to someone or asking whether their day was good or bad.
5. Socialize � You can expose your kid to different things in the world. Show him interesting customs, rituals, different types of music, dance, etc. It will definitely help him not to look down at people who are different than him, culturally or racially. It will also give him an opportunity to learn something new.
Respect is an attitude that needs to be earned to be successful in life. So, teach them to show respect to earn respect.
By: Francis David