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How to make your child respect you?

Posted by Sara | Raising Your Child | Tuesday 1 December 2009 5:05 am
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How to make your child respect you?One of the most important things that can be taught to a child by a parent is respect. However, it is important to note that there is a great difference between respect and obedience. While your child might obey your instructions because he or she is afraid of you, he or she will respect you because he/she will be aware that you would always make the right decision for him/her.

The only way to teach lessons of respect to your child is by giving respect to the child first. In this sense, it is important not to show anger or abuse your children and teaching the difference between right and wrong to the child. Remember, when a child becomes aware of your actions and the reasons behind those acts, he or she is more likely to follow and respect you.

Furthermore, never show disrespect to your elders as a parent before your child. Remember, your child learns from you and if he or she sees you disrespecting or abusing your parents, the act is likely to be repeated against you.

It would be better for you to realize that you can nurture respect and ethics in your child’s mind by being honest, polite, trustworthy, fair, positive, good listener, able to admit mistakes, caring, and loving. If your child commits a mistake, stay calm and make him feel that he or she is still loved. Take every opportunity to show your inner feelings and say ‘I love you’ to the child so that the child feels wanted and loved by you. Never be shy to give a big hug or a kiss to your child. Your child may make a mistake but you need to make sure that you are never too late to get it corrected quickly and telling them not to repeat the same again.

These small yet highly effective tips would surely create a better child-parent relationship at your home.

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