Respect is a trait that seems to be fading in modern times, but that makes it an even more important quality to cultivate in our children. Showing respect will change its look depending on who is on the receiving end.
First of all, how do we define respect? A definition of respect is to consider something or someone of high regard, and to show that through one’s actions.
Although we need to show respect for all people and value them equally, different situations call for different means. The way your child shows respect for his (or her) teacher will differ from how he shows respect for you. The way he shows respect for his friends and peers will be even more of a change. What are some ways that your child might show respect for his peers?
A child who respects his peer will show kindness in their interactions. Respect demands that we treat others the way we would want to be treated. If your child has true respect for a peer, he will be kind.
One way children may show respect to another child is by being protective when the other child is going through something tough. When someone is being bullied, your child will not join in the bullying, or even sit idly by if they have respect for the victim. Teach your child how to get help for someone in need of it.
When your child respects his peers, he will be reliable. If his friend is counting on him to help out with homework, your child will be sure to show up to assist him. He will do his best not to stand his friend up for any appointment, nor break his promises.
A true friend will be honest. Respect means that we tell others what we believe to be right at all times. If your child respects his peers, he will not lie to his friends or deceive them intentionally.
A respectful individual is one who encourages his peers whenever the opportunity calls for it. He will encourage his friends to do their best, remind them of their strengths, and let them know he will do whatever he can to help them out.
A respectful person of any age will show it by being trustworthy. Their peers will not need to worry about being betrayed or intentionally hurt by a respectful person. When your child is respectful, trustworthiness will be a strong trait.
Listening to someone and truly hearing what they have to say is a great way to show respect. When your child respects their peers, they may be referred to as a “good listener.” Showing that you care enough to spend the time listening to someone’s thoughts is one way to show respect.
A child who truly respects their peers will be loyal. This doesn’t mean that your child will stick with their peer if they are being harmed by them in any way, but will seek help when necessary. Loyalty is a trait that comes naturally to respectful individuals.
Respect is one of the most important qualities a child can have. It will make all his relationships work better, from teachers to family to peers. The way a child shows respect to his peers will vary, but the theme will be the same for each way it is shown. Respect brings out the best in all of us.