In January we will be working on the character lesson: RESPECT.
One of the most important things you can teach your children is respect. Respect is not the same thing as obedience. Children will obey a parent or teacher because they are afraid, but if they respect you, they will obey you because they know that you know what is best for them.
Here is a guideline regarding children and respect based on age:
With children ages 3 and 4; they are just learning how to act appropriately with others. Teach them how to have good manners such as saying “please” and “thank you.”
With children ages 5 and 6; they are learning that the way they act will have an effect on others, both positively and negatively. Teach them how to have good sportsmanship.
With children ages 7 and 9; they are becoming more independent and making their own decisions. Teach them about self-respect.
With children ages 10 and up; they are at an age where identity and popularity becomes important. Teach them about having respect for their friends by not gossiping or bullying.