Encourage Your Child to Choose Respect
Just as kids should respect those around them, they should absolutely expect the same in return. Kids who feel respected from an early age are more likely to give respect. This is why talking with your child early, and continuing as they grow, is so important.
Encouraging your child to choose respect begins at home:
- Involve your child in setting rules for appropriate behavior at home.
- Talk with your child about the violence seen on television, in video games, and possibly in the neighborhood. Help your child understand the consequences of violence.
- Teach your child respectful, nonviolent ways to solve problems. Praise your child when he/she follows through.
- Help your child find ways to show anger that do not involve verbally or physically hurting others.
- When you get angry, use it as an opportunity to model appropriate responses for your child and talk about it.
- Help your child understand the value of accepting individual differences.
- Keep the lines of communication open, even when it is tough. Encourage your child to always let you know where and with whom he/she will be. Get to know your child's friends.
- Talk with the parents of your child's friends. Discuss how you can form a team to ensure your child's safety.
- Find out if there is a violence prevention group in your community. Offer to participate in the group's activities.