Train up a child in the way he should go;
on teaching toddlers manners. It pointed out that it’s good to get them into the habit of saying please and thank you from an early age, even though they won’t completely understand why in the beginning. Children learn through mimicking. It's not until they’re older that they'll actually realize what the words they’re saying actually mean!
I think it's similar when it comes to teaching respect. It doesn't come naturally to toddlers, or to any of us really. That being said, for us it's really important to have strong boundaries and talk to our boys when then are disrespectful. In our house they are not allowed to:
- tell mommy and daddy NO
- yell at mommy or daddy
- tell us they don't want to eat or that dinner is yucky (they don't have to like it, but they do have to eat it, at least as many bites as they are old!)
- hit us, kick us or pull our hair (sadly i've seen kids do all 3, and parents not knowing what to do... laugh or ignore it)
wn way and this displays itself in disrespect we address it.
God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.' Submit yourselves, then, to God."
Our ultimate hope is that our kids lives and spirits would submit to God, their creator, their maker, the One alone who can redeem their souls, save them from their sins and give their lives eternal impact and meaning.
If you're looking for more books to help you on your parenting journey here is a list of 6 books we've found really helpful! Here's a great resource for teaching on respect to school aged kids!
Blessings and keep on going. It's hard work but worth it!