Wednesday, April 23, 2008

An Atmosphere of Respect

From FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Today, 23-Apr-2008 edition


An Atmosphere of Respect

By Dr Bill Maier


How can you develop a sense of honour and dignity in your home?


In a word, you teach children to respect one another.


There are a number of ways to create an atmosphere of respect

in the home.


First, look for ways to highlight your child’s accomplishments.

Hang up those awards or certificates of merit in places where

everybody can see them and make sure your son or daughter

knows that you are proud of him or her.


And then, use positive language in the home and teach your kids

to do the same thing.


Children should not be allowed to criticise one another or make fun

of their siblings.


It is also important to respect your children’s privacy. Don’t invade

their rooms without permission unless you have a good reason.


When children become self-effacing and critical of themselves,

step in and talk to them about it.


Ask questions such as “Why are you upset about this?” and

“How can you do better next time?”


Finally, always give your child a second chance when they mess up.


Show them that you believe in them, no matter what.

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