Welcome to one of my hundreds of character building posts. Today we focus on respect. These 20 ways to teach kids about respect include my previous lessons, crafts, activities, book collections and thoughts about teaching kids the importance of showing respect.
I am also including other ideas I’ve found around the web so you are well equipped to teach valuable lessons on character. Building character in kids is a heart issue.
We need to get to the heart and find a way to balance truth and grace as we teach them about morality. I hope you find these lessons valuable on that journey.
If you are new to my character building series, let me tell you a little bit more about these lessons. If you check out my character building tab, you will discover 52 character traits we work on throughout the year, which equals one word per week to focus on with your kids.
Hovering over the tab will reveal all of the words. Each character trait has 7-9 lessons, so if you wanted to work on character daily, this can be an amazing resource. This year, I want to focus on cleaning up my series by presenting the lessons to you be compiling all of my lessons on a particular week, this week focusing on respect.
In this series, you will find a word, definition, scripture to memorize, book lists and a number of activities and crafts related to the topic. I have also included links to other bloggers who have lessons on the trait. I hope you are inspired to work on character with your kids because being intentional in your parenting will help give great direction to both you and your children.
As someone who is completely passionate about raising kids and doing this job well, I also want to share with you an amazing resources for raising kids.
My mentors, the Pritchards of Axis Ministries, have some great resources on raising respectful kids who end up as successful citizens of our world. (affiliate link) You are here because you want to parent well. I can’t think of a better resource for you than these parents of 11.
Respect Character Building Education Lessons with Meaningful Mama
Heart Paper Chain Teaches Respect
Teaching Kids to Respect their Things
Teaching Kids to Respect our World
How We Show Respect to…? A Lesson in Respect
Teaching Respect through Role Playing
Respect Resources Around the Web
6 Phrases my Kids are Not Allowed to Say to Adults by Imperfect Homemaker
Teaching Boys to Be Respectful by Frugal Fun for Boys
How to Respect Others by Blog Hoppin’
A Biblical Approach to Teaching Respect by The Multitaskin’ Mom
Respecting Personal Space by A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Respecting the Earth by Allternative Learning
Ten Powerful Conversation Starters to Teach Kids about Respect by Dr. Robyn Silverman
Before You Speak… by CBRS
Respect Lesson by PV Elem Guidance Counseling
Teaching our Sons to Respect Themselves by Your Modern Family
Respect Sort by First Grade Fanatics
Teaching kids about building character and what it means to be a positive contributor in the world is one of the most important things we can teach. We can’t leave it up to the schools or the church. This is our job.
Being intentional in the process will help kids to better see the importance of developing qualities that shine light into an often dark world. Will you join me in this pursuit?
Hi Jodi, I am finding your website amazing and inspiring. I want to teach my kids how to be more respectful… i tried to click on the lessons but it directs me to “page error” is this right? just wondering how i can get the lessons… Thank you
I’m in the midst of major issues with my site right now and am trying to get things fixed as quickly as possible. I’m so sorry. Here’s the link that might help: https://meaningfulmama.com/20-ways-to-teach-kids-about-respect.html. If you search within the site right now it shouldn’t be an issue, but if you are clicking on links from Pinterest or other such sources you might run into problems. Thank you for letting me know, and please let me know if I can help you navigate things better.
We have 2 children 9 and 12 that are from my wifes’ 1st marriage and we have a 4 yr old son together. The 2 older ones spend 1 week with us and the next with their dad. They kind of do what they want while with their dad and get access to tv, internet and other toys that here they earn time to do. It has gotten to the point that they seem to Expect other than Respect and it has carried over to pretty much every aspect of life. We seem to be in an endless battle on the Respect thing but the battle is tough but we are not willing to give up the values Any ideas would be appreciated….
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I took the Christmas season off to be present with my family. I’m back in the swing of things now. It is definitely hard with two environments and two sets of expectations – for both you and the kids. It’s hard to feel like you are the tough ones as well. I don’t have a lot of experience with blended families, which I know creates a different dynamic – especially when you are the step dad. Let me just share what comes to mind. As the man of the house, you have an important role as a model. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can offer the kids – love and being an example for them. I believe I have heard that it is great for the biological parent to do much of the discipline in that sense. That doesn’t mean you don’t have a role. Consistency and being on the same page as your spouse – as one that backs her up and implements what she is doing will speak volumes. I wouldn’t let the kids get away with being disrespectful and disobedient in your home – it sounds like that is exactly what you are doing. We use the phrase “Try that Again,” (https://meaningfulmama.com/day-17-tip-try-that-again.html) once to give them an opportunity to change their response to us. It’s been a clutch phrase for us. I would say a swift consequence is appropriate – a privilege taken away, a job given (https://meaningfulmama.com/one-consequence-idea-that-is-working-for-us.html) or whatever you have chosen. We have had a respect issue with one of ours lately, and we are actually having her do a plank for one minute when she responds with disrespect. That helps them focus their energy, get self control and is a deterrent from continued disrespect. You’re in a tough spot when you only get 50% of the teaching. I would encourage you to try and get to their hearts on the matter – explaining your hopes for them. “We love you so much that we can’t allow you to act like that. Imagine if you showed this kind of disrespect to your boss or teacher. It just won’t benefit you in life, so we have to teach you another way so you can thrive and we successful.” Loving them well, showing them grace and yet being firm and consistent is the best you can do for them. Here’s a post on the pre-teen years that might help also: https://meaningfulmama.com/one-consequence-idea-that-is-working-for-us.html. What you are experiencing is pretty darn normal as far as I can see. It’s not just based on your circumstances with a blended family. Sounds like you are doing a great job, so thank you for stepping in and loving them like they are your own! You wouldn’t be here asking if you didn’t. I really respect that about you!
I like your lessons
Thanks so much. 🙂
SO many great ideas and it is very important that kids understand respect and how to show it.
Thanks so much. I appreciate it!