Importance of Inculcating Respect and Self-Respect in Children

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Respect contributes to a child’s emotional development. It’s one of the many core strengths that provide a strong foundation for future health, happiness, and productivity. The development of respect is a lifelong process, but its roots are in early childhood.

It is important to inculcate respect in children as children will belong to many groups, meet many kinds of people, and will need to be able to listen, negotiate, compromise, and cooperate.

“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.”

– Dale E. Turner

Developing respect enables your child to accept others and to see the value in diversity. He can see that even group needs many styles and much strength to succeed. He will value each person in the group for their talents.

When children respect – and even celebrate diversity, they find the world to be a more interesting, complex, and safe place. Just as understanding replaces ignorance, respect replaces fear.

Children with respect have better social and teamwork skills. They speak kindly and are more friendly, play fairly, say “please”, “sorry”, and ‘thank you”, clean up after themselves, share, wait their turn, and keep unkind thoughts to themselves.

Children who are disrespectful to teachers and classmates exhibit this same trait in other aspects of their lives, and they are not as successful in either school or the workplace.

A child who cannot respect others is incapable of self-respect. He will he quick to find fault with others, but can also be his own worst critic. Too often, the trait a child ridicules in others reflects something similar he hates in himself.

Not only that. The core of all violence is a lack of respect, for oneself and for others. In fact, without this value, children are more likely to become violent.

How do we teach children to be a respectful person? The golden rule is to treat your children the way you want to be treated. Remember, children always learn from their parents’ actions, attitudes, and behaviors.

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