How to Make Children Respect their Parents
At some point or another, children go through a phase where they simply do not respect what their parents, or other adults have to say. The difficult part about this type of situation is that it will generally happen throughout the child’s life, so when a parent thinks that she has nipped the problem in the bud, then for whatever reason, she will have to deal with it over and over again. Eventually as a child grows older, the frequency of this happening becomes less and eventually stops happening all together. However, in the interim it is something that parents have to deal with, and if you are one of those parents, here is some advice on how to handle the situation.
Correct, Praise and Reinforce.
When dealing with your child, you need to correct their bad behavior, praise the good things that they do, and reinforce everything that you teach them when it comes to being respectful. If you do not correct what they are doing wrong, they will not know that what they are doing is bad. Nevertheless, if you do not praise and reinforce what they are doing right, again, they will not know that it is a good thing. So when they are doing something that is disrespectful, such as talking back to you, you need to make them aware that it is not a good thing. Then if it happens again, you need to reinforce that it is not a good thing, and at some point, they will understand this is not the right behavior. When they finally stop talking back, you can praise them for doing the right thing.
Be Consistent with Your Actions and Expectations.
When teaching your child to be respectful of you, and anyone else for that matter, you need to be consistent with what you are doing. For example, maybe you do not want your child to interrupt you, and you tell them to stop when they do it to someone. When you tell them to stop, you need to do it each and every time they interrupt someone because if you do not, then they are not going to change their behavior. In addition to that, you too need to follow what you tell them because they model their behavior after you. Therefore, when you talk to people you should be mindful not to interrupt someone with your child around, as that would give them the wrong impression of what you are trying to teach them. Basically it is all connected and because of that, you need to be consistent with what you do.
Teaching your child to be respectful is not just as simple as saying one, two, three. It takes a lot of time and effort to raise your child the right way, which means that you have to be patient and stay the course with how you parent them. This is essential if you want them to turn out and become well-adjusted adults, so no matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, do not give up.
If you follow the advice mentioned in this article, you will get through the phase where your child is disrespectful with you, and others a whole lot faster than if you would not. For that reason, start employing some of these hints today. When your child is acting appropriately and maturing at a faster rate than the others around him or her, you will be happy that you did.