Want to nurture the value of respecting others? Grab these children’s books about respect, perfect for teaching your child how to interact with other kids and adults.
Sometimes we parents have a warped view of what showing respect truly is.
We think respect means that kids do what we say, or that they don’t cause us trouble or embarrassment. We urge them to talk to others—even if they don’t want to—as a sign of respect. Or we want them to stop fighting with each other already.
But respect is simply treating others the way we’d want to be treated.
They don’t disrespect us by not doing everything we say, or when they refuse to hug relatives they hardly know. And they certainly aren’t being disrespectful when they voice their opinions.
Instead, they should learn that they can disagree with others, but to do so respectfully.
Because respect is possible when we disagree with others—perhaps it’s even more necessary when we do. I want my kids to question what they’re told, to call us out on our mistakes, and to give their opinions.
All without being told they’re disrespectful.
Above all, respect starts with oneself: we can’t respect others if we’re taught to put our needs last all the time, or to obey and listen no matter what.
Respect is one of the most important lessons to teach our kids. We show them to be kind to others, regardless of who they are or whether they supposedly “deserve” it or not. And we stress the importance of courtesy and empathy toward others, no matter how different they may be.
Children’s books about respect
One of the best ways to talk about the concept of respect is through reading children’s books. This list of picture books explores how their positive choices affect others, as well as how to handle difficult situations while still being respectful.
For instance, in Do Unto Otters, Mr. Rabbit learns how to treat others who are different from him. My Mouth Is a Volcano shows young readers different ways to control what they say so they don’t interrupt.
These are good books that instill the importance of treating others how we would want them to treat us. I hope you’ll select a few from your local library or your next book shopping trip!
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