Guiding Your Child to Respect and Value All of God’s Children

Instilling respect for others teaches your child an important lesson they will take with them for the rest of their lives. Parents and caregivers sometimes struggle to navigate teaching children empathetic responses. However, this is an essential skill for children to learn. At St. Charles Borromeo, we know the importance of educating students on good behavior, and these are some strategies we use to encourage respect. 

Encourage Empathy

By teaching your child to consider the perspectives of those around them, you encourage empathetic responses. Changing their point of view can help them understand how they can encourage or support others. Talk them through how their actions impact those around them, and open their eyes to the importance of empathy. Encouraging empathy is a major aspect of teaching children to be respectful of everyone they meet.  

Set Clear Expectations

Set clear expectations of how your child should treat and respond to people. If your child is responding poorly to a situation, find an appropriate method of discipline to let them know that you do not tolerate their behavior. With that same line of thinking, acknowledge and praise your child when they are respectful. Setting these expectations can help them know right from wrong.

Teach Open Communication

Create an environment where your child feels comfortable expressing their thoughts and emotions. Actively listen to how your child is feeling, especially if they have any concerns. Discuss their perspective and your own, even if you disagree. This kind of open communication can help them work through their own internal problems, and you can encourage them to communicate in a respectful and productive manner. They will then be able to apply this kind of communication in other social situations.

Be Their Role Model

The easiest way to teach your child respectful behavior is to model it yourself. Children look up to and mimic the adults around them. Make sure you are presenting behavior you want them to learn from. When interacting with others, show kindness, patience, and respect, so your child will want to do the same. When it comes to raising respectful and mindful children, it’s important to practice what you preach. 

Teaching children how to be respectful and love their neighbors is an important life lesson. St. Charles Borromeo, a top Orlando Catholic School located in the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, believes in teaching our students strong values, such as respect. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.