It is respect week at Meaningful Mama. I hope you have caught on to the concept of our character development series. If you are new here, I’ll explain things right now. Last year I committed to 3 posts a day for 365 days. The three components of my blog were 1) crafts/activities/in the kitchen with kids 2) character development and 3) parenting tips. Those remain my focus with a few extra things thrown in the mix. Every week of last year we would be working on a character trait. This week last year we were working on “respect,” so we did 7 different activities focusing on respect. This year, I’ve been determined to add on to the series to enhance what I have to offer. Further, they are character qualities I am still working on as an adult, so I know it will benefit my kids to constantly return to the traits I am trying to instill. We use the same scripture, and my goal is to repeat some of the activities, though admittedly I haven’t been doing as much re-visiting as intended. OK – Now that you are up to date, I feel like I can move forward on the additional activity we did for respect this week.
This was a really simple activity, but it really helped me assess where my children were at in understanding the concept of respect. I was pleased with the things they came up with, which were completely their own ideas. I made two columns. One column represented things and people who we need respect. The second column was up to them to fill (verbally). I asked them how they should show respect to God, dad, mom, adults, friends, siblings, teachers, our earth and things. After they came up with all of their ideas, I said that a number of ideas could overlap. For example, we might say we, “Obey right away,” with dad, but it can also apply to God, mom, other adults and teachers. It was a quick activity, but I felt like it was great review of the things we are trying to instill. After brainstorming on a white board, I put our ideas on the DIY chalkboard in the front hall. This can serve here as a constant reminder (at least until something up goes up).
More Respect Lessons in our Character Development Series
Respect Word Ring
Respect “I Will” Statements
Respect in Books and Role Playing
Respect and a Trip to the Library
Respect with a Heart Chain Craft
Respect and Honoring Daddy
Respecting our Things
Respecting our World