The basic idea is: There are many different people in the world. They have their own thoughts, feelings and needs. And children need to take that into consideration.

Considerate children get along better with others. They help make the world a better place. You can teach respectful behavior in these ways:

  • Don’t let your child hurt you or others. “No, it hurts when you hit.”

  • Let her know you have rights and needs, too. “I’m on the phone now.”

  • Point out others’ feelings. “Maria is sad.”

  • Show respect to others in your daily interactions.

  • Teach about differences—about people from different cultures, and about other children’s likes and dislikes.

  • Rehearse how to act in advance of events—like how to behave at a play or a birthday party or how to ask the teacher a question.

  • Teach your child to “take turns” when playing or talking.

  • Practice kind ways of saying “no” to playmates.

  • Don’t overindulge your child. Don’t lead her to believe she’s the center of the universe and others don’t count.

  • Praise your child when she considers other’s feelings.

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