Teaching children respect

Teaching respect to kids is no less than an uphill task for parents and teachers in this age of social media and technology. For parents, this is the burning issue because most of the parents are unable to tackle this challenge even by applying different classical and subjective techniques. In the end, parents become disappointed and leave the children on the mercy of luck and fluke which can never ever be justified in any situation.

In this article, we will understand respect, how to show and teach respect to kids, some activities to teach respect to kids at home and school and much more related to teach respect to kids.

What is respect?

Before going into the details, we try to understand the different dimensions of respect. The word respect means the way which gives pleasure to both one who pays respect and second whom respect is paid. It flourishes affection and happiness with each other. It is common observation that if you behave well to others, others will behave well with you too. As it is said love begets love and respect begets respect. As you do to others, others will do to you.


As responsible parents, you can adopt the golden rule of doing others as you wish others do to you. And this rule will bring positive changes in your behavior, character and thinking. Apply this rule on yourselves and observing you, your children will follow this rule as well.

How to explain respect to a child

Teaching respect to your child specially teenagers is very easy; you can do so just by asking three questions from your child. First question that you can ask from your child is, “Do you want to be respected?” Her possible answer will be, “Yes, I want”.

The second question that you should ask from your child is, “Do you want someone hate you or you want to be hated”? Her possible answer will be, “No, I don’t”?

The third question which you should ask is, “Will you respect anybody who hates you?” Her response will be in negative like, “I won’t”, she would say.

 Now you can teach your child a lesson of golden rule that if she wants to be respected, she should respect and if she wants to be hated, she should hate. She would really choose the first option and start respecting you and others in order to be respected. And, when she shows respect, being parents, you should appreciate, that will bring her close to you. As a result, you and your child will start loving and respecting each other.

How to show respect to a child

As effective parents, you should create an atmosphere of love and respect at home so that your child may adopt the habit of affection and honor by copying you. Parents are role model for the children because whatever they observe in their parents, most of the habits, they adopt whether those ones are good or bad.

So, as a parent, you yourself should adopt positive behavior and show respect and love to your child. Talk with your child politely and involve her in positive and healthy activities. Listen to her attentively and allow her to share her feelings with you.

Be frank with your child so that she may also display frankness and feel no hesitation sharing her feelings with you. If you become successful in creating such atmosphere, you can conquer your child’s heart.

How to teach respect and discipline to your child

Teaching respect to your child is not an easy job. It requires planning and discipline in order to produce respect in your child.

 If your child makes any mistake or misbehaves with you, instantly, take her in separate place and tell her that she is good and loveable but her behavior is not good. When you make your child realize this point again and again in such a polite way, she will start understanding your importance for her. As a result, she will bring positive change in her behavior and start respecting you.

Activities for teaching respect to kids

As Parents, you should arrange such activities that are beneficial for your kids and give guarantee to teach respect to your kids. Child learns quickly by doing activities practically as practice makes one permanent. Mere advising, you cannot get favorable results. Following activities will bring positive changes in your child.

child activates
child activates

1: Ask your child to pay warm and sincere compliment to all the family members in every day of the week. Form a weekly plan which will support your child in bringing positive change in her behavior. Advise her that she must write whom she paid greeting to and describe their feedback

2: Ask your child make a list of people she thinks are respectful and why she added them to her list.

3: Say your child to think of someone who is respectful and talk about why they would be a good friend.

4: assign her a research task to find three ways she can show respect to her parents, teachers and elders.

5: Advise your child to make a list of things people who are respectful use in their daily life. Here are a few: “please.” “Thank you.” “I appreciate that.” “May I hold the door?” “Pardon me.” “I’m sorry I offended you.”

6: Urge your child to Interview the members of her family individually and ask what’s one way to show respect to another person and jot down and prepare the list.

Teaching Respect to Kids

In a nutshell

As a responsible parent, if you are successful in teaching respect to your child, it is everything as she can prove beneficial not only for the family but also for the whole humanity. With her positive character and behavior, she can set high ideals for the betterment of everyone whoever wants to succeed in her field of life.

Quotes about teaching respect to kids

Quotes about teacher respect
Quotes about teacher respect
  • “Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” – U. Thant
  • “Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.” –  Stephen Cosgrove
  • “Leave everything a bit better then you found it.” Unknown
  • “We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same.” – C. JoyBell C.
  • “It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.” – Jeremy Aldana
  • “Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.” – Ray Davis
  • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honor, valor, respect. All these things have to be earned.”
  • “He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.” – Mencius
  • “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.” – R.G. Risch
  • “Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” – Stieg Larsson
  • “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.” – Laurence Sterne
  • “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryan H. McGill
  • “The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” – Chief Seattle
  • “Who am I to judge what I don’t understand” – Unkown
  • “A person’s a person no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” – Thomas Paine
  • “Treat people exactly as you would like to be treated by them.” – Golden Rule
  • “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” – Confucius
  • “I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.” –  Herbert H. Lehman
  • “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson
  • “I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” – Julius Erving
  • “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono
  • “It is only when you accept how different you all are, that you will be able to see how much the same you all are. Don’t expect anybody to be the same as you, then you will see that you are in many ways the same as everybody.” C. JoyBell C.
  • “All the events of your past have formed a lens through which you see the world. And since no one’s past is exactly like anyone else’s, no two people see alike.”
  • “A fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor.” – Sean Covey
  • “Differences were meant not to divide but to enrich.”- J. H. Oldham
  • “Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.” – Lakhdar Brahimi
  • “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Teaching Respect to Kids

By: Prof Ajmal Dass Jaipal

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