3. Continually Practice Respect
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To nurture respect, continually focus on manners, putting others first, and listening.
Be the parent and don’t try to be a pal or friend. They can make new friends, but parents are special and need to retain their authority. They are still the greatest influencers in a child’s life.
That means you set the rules, the boundaries, and consequences. It also means you need to be authentic in your own actions of respect.
Apologize when needed because that also shows you value the person enough to admit when made a wrong or hurtful choice. This will make a huge impact on your children as it shows your respect for them as individuals, too.
Respect is something that needs to be cultivated over a lifetime, and mistakes will happen, but boundaries can be put back where they need to be.
This little acrostic can be a guide for how to respect people. Post it and read it when children start slipping up and showing disrespect:
Really listen to the person
Esteem the person (see person as valuable; God loves him/her, God’s image is in him/her)
Safeguard the person’s feelings with kindness and no teasing or gossiping
Praise the person for his or her abilities
Engage with the person: that means do something together
Consider the person’s needs and how you can make him or her feel good
Talk and use encouraging words
Respect makes our children better people, for themselves, for God, and for everyone around them. What steps can you take from these lessons today?
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