We have a lot to be proud of at Cuddles Childcare Centres, but one of the things that make us the proudest is the environment of respect and tolerance that we have been able to create. We teach children to respect themselves, each other and every staff member. In addition, we teach them to value and respect those from other cultures. In an area as diverse as Perth, this is very important.
But what if you aren’t sending your child to Cuddles Childcare Centres or any child care centre and want to teach them about respecting others? Here are some suggestions that can help you.
Children act like their parents. You are their window to the world and they want to be like you. If you tell them to act one way but act differently yourself, they will adopt the behaviour they observed instead of the behaviour they were told to adopt.
So, if you want your child to be respectful, demonstrate respectful behaviour towards your child. This includes getting down to their eye level to communicate and listen to what they are saying. Show that you are listening carefully and that you care about what they are saying. Show them the respect you expect them to show others. You will be amazed at how great this works.
Teach your child to say “please” and “thank you” by always saying it yourself and explaining to them that they should always say “please” and “thank you.” If they tell you to do something for them instead of asking and saying “please,” explain that you would rather have them be polite to you before helping them. This combines modelling with rewards: they are rewarded when they model your behaviour.
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Don’t act upset or overreact when your child “acts up.” Simply let them know that their behaviour is inappropriate and explain what they need to do instead.
Praise your child often for showing respect to others and for all positive behaviour. Positive reinforcement has been proven to be the most effective way to motivate both children and adults.
If you want to give your child an opportunity to learn respect within a group setting, contact us today.