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4 Powerful Reasons Self-Respect Is Important for Children

Self-res[ect is one of the most important things a child can have. When your children have self-respect, it is easier for them to respect others, and to do well in life.

It is important to teach self-respect because it sets a good foundation for the rest of their lives.  My favorite kindergarten teacher in all the world was named Liz Friedman. She was a kindergarten teacher at Gladwyne Elementary school where my children went to school. One of the first things she taught her students is that they should show themselves good friendship. Self-respect goes along with good friendship.

When we teach our children self-respect we give them a tool that will serve them well all their lives. There are 4 powerful reasons it is important to teach our children self-respect:

1.     We train others how to treat us
2.     Respect, like charity, begins at home
3.     Sometimes, respect must be shown, even if it is not earned

4.     The Golden Rule

We Train Others How to Treat Us

It is important for children to know that we train others how to treat us by what we allow them to do and by how we treat ourselves. When our children treat themselves with respect, dignity and grace, it shows others what we expect. Children who respect themselves set a clear and visible standard that will be evident to all who observe them. Even without saying a word, it will be evident what type of treatment our children expect from others.


Respect, Like Charity, Begins at Home

Children who do not respect themselves will have a hard time respecting others. When children know what respect is, and are used to respecting themselves they will associate respect with good feelings and positive outcomes. Children with a good sense of self-respect have a firm foundation that will make it easier for them to respect others and to see the need to respect others.
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Sometimes, Respect Must Be Given, Even if  it is Not Earned

It would be nice if we lived in a world where respect only had to be shown to those deemed worthy of it. However, that is not the world we live in. On the contrary, we often must show respect to those who we think don’t deserve it because they are unworthy. There will be teachers at school, coaches and later supervisors and bosses that must be treated with respect they may not deserve. Children who are taught to respect themselves understand that everyone is worthy of respect. These children will have a better time showing respect to others including those in authority.

 The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule provides that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. Children who treat themselves with respect are treating themselves well. These children will have high standards for how to treat others. Children who treat themselves with respect want to be respected and as a result, will treat others with respect. In this way, they make the world a better place.

You can find serenity in teaching your children self-respect because it sets a good foundation for the rest of their lives. So, the question for you this serene day is how do you teach your children to respect themselves?

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