It’s a fact that a respectful child often finds life easier than one who struggles to show respect to others. This is because respect for others generally translates as good manners and thoughtfulness.

Children are like sponges and in the early years, they learn quickly from those around them with bad habits setting in as easily as good. Before the age of 4, children have already learned a lot of what they will need to get on well in reception class.

This independent school in Rickmansworth encourages all pupils to have a strong sense of right and wrong so that manners and thoughtfulness are greatly valued among staff and pupils alike.

Good habits such as remembering to say please and thank you, waiting your turn, not shouting or running, grabbing or pushing. Of course, all small children struggle a little with impulse control so it’s unreasonable to expect a small child to be respectful consistently but with constant praise for good manners and thought for others, all children have the capacity to learn to be respectful.

Respect begins at home

Teaching your child to be respectful definitely begins in the home. It’s important that your child sees other family members showing respect to one another and also that they are taught to treat others as they would like to be treated.

As your child grows in awareness, it’s a good idea to give them opportunities to help those less fortunate. Charity work can really set the idea of respectfulness in stone because it’s in selflessness that we all learn the true meaning of respect.

Talk about respect with your child, discuss experiences that they have had and which you can use to show them why respect is so important. Setting your child on the right path at an early age is something that you’ll be able to look back on with pride – as your child grows, these skills will stay with them for a lifetime.

This is a collaborative post.