- Don't Take Everything Personally or Overreact
- Don't Bad-Mouth Other People
- Don't Take Your Child's Side
- Don't Forget to Praise Their Good Behavior
- Don't Demand Respect
Don't Take Everything Personally or Overreact
Using disrespectful responses to teach respect rarely works. Rude adults can escalate matters just as well as rude kids can.
Don't Bad-Mouth Other People
Remember, they're watching you, even if they don't seem like they care what you do. If you value respect, model respectful behavior.
Don't Take Your Child's Side
Your child will most likely encounter plenty of people in their life that they might disagree with. Let your child know that regardless of how they feel, they still need to find a way to act appropriately.
Don't Forget to Praise Their Good Behavior
Kids respond well to praise. Not only does it feel good to be praised, but it also gives your child important feedback: acknowledging good behavior reinforces those skills.
Don't Demand Respect
You can't demand respect, but you can remind them to act respectfully, no matter how they feel about the situation.