In our 3rd week of examining and breaking down The Pledge we’re focusing on “Respect”. As we guide our children towards “living the pledge”, respect is clearly our foundation. In fact, as one of the 5 pillars of character, if respect is consistently demonstrated, most, if not all, of the undesirable behaviors we’re striving to avoid/eliminate simply never happen.
Here are some questions to assist in starting a conversation with your child(ren) about respect:
- What does the word respect mean to you?
- Have you ever felt like someone didn’t respect you, themselves, or others?
- Have you ever seen somebody else not being treated respectfully, and if so, how did it make you feel?
- Why do you think it’s important to treat everyone with respect?
- Do you feel respected by all of your family members, care givers, and teachers?
Do you recall our previous dialogue on learned behavior? It really comes into play here… if you speak to your children with respect and treat them with respect, it is likely that that’s how they’ll treat and speak to you and others. If we have ongoing, open and respectful conversations with our children, they will openly and respectfully share more with us. It’s a two-way street!
Next up, “Good”. Specifically, being a good child, a good sibling, and a good friend.