“Respecting a child teaches them that even the smallest, most powerless, most vulnerable person is worthy of respect. And that is a lesson our world desperately needs to learn.”- L.R. Knost
What does it look like to respect a child?
Listen to them.
Ask their opinion.
Consider their desires even if we can’t oblige them.
Acknowledge their feelings.
Treat them as important and valued.
See them as individuals.
Speak kindly even when we are upset.
Don’t use our size to overpower them or use force to get what we want.
Don’t use what they love against them (consequences)
Guess what? All of these things are part of what we practice in peaceful parenting. They aren’t just parenting principles though. They are relationship principles.
Think about how different the world would be if all children were raised with respect. It’s slow change but we ARE changing the world.
Sarah Rosensweet is a certified peaceful parenting coach, speaker, and educator, and the parenting advice columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 13, 16, and 19). Peaceful parenting is a non-punitive, connection-based approach that uses firm limits with lots of empathy. Sarah works one-on-one virtually with parents all over the world to help them go from frustrated and overwhelmed to, “We’ve got this!”
Read more at: www.sarahrosensweet.com