All parents want to raise a child that is kind and respectful, but this isn’t something they are born with. Children have to be taught how to treat people and how to behave in certain situations, as explored below by a private school in Buckinghamshire.
- Start with Manners
The more you focus on reinforcing good manners, the more likely it is to become a habit for your child. With that said, if they forget to say please or thank you, be sure to gently remind them, even if you’re just at home.
- Practise Empathy
Try and encourage your child to think about how other people might be feeling in certain situations. If you see something on TV or read about it in the news, ask your child “how do you think that person might be feeling right now?”. By encouraging your child to think about the feelings of others, they will learn to empathise.
- Encourage Equality
Remind your child to treat people the way they wish to be treated. This is true regardless of their age, gender, skin colour, religious beliefs etc. The idea is to help your child understand that all people are equals and should be treated as such. They shouldn’t be rude to someone just because they have different opinions or are younger than them, for example.
- Give Your Child Chores
Asking your child to help you with the household chores will teach them that they have a certain responsibility to themselves, and to their family. They can’t grow up thinking that everyone else will do everything for them. Giving them chores will also teach them how hard you work to maintain the home, which should remind them to respect and appreciate you.
- Be a Good Role Model
Children learn most of their behaviour by observing those around them. So, if you often lose your temper or swear a lot, your child will likely do the same. If you model respect and handle conflict in a polite manner, your child will learn appropriate ways to behave.