Developing Respect: Parents & Professionals

Before requesting respect, your young people need to know that your definitions of the word are aligned. For many children, the word ‘respect’ may be used to request that they follow instructions without challenge or that they agree with someone and neither of these are good examples of what respect is.

There are some fundamental principles that reflect respect and depending on the context you are in, some of them are more relevant than others. For example, being polite is generally considered to be respectful, but there may be times when being cheeky and good-humoured is also of value and this would not be delivered as effectively if politeness was the priority.

Respect is something that young people model from the adults around them, so it is just as important that you demonstrate respect as well as request it. Think about how respect would ideally look to you and lead by example.



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