We all want our children to respect school rules but how can we help our children do this? A thriving prep school in West London creates a school culture underpinned by kindness and respect and they offer the following advice for helping you teach your child to respect school rules…
Firstly, what is respect? Respect is showing regard for something or someone. It is critical for children to learn respect so they can successfully communicate and negotiate themselves throughout their lives. Children will model the behaviour of those that they spend time with, this includes of the adults that they live with and look up to. For a child to learn the meaning of respect they will need to experience first-hand being respected themselves.
The best way to teach your child about respect is for you to show respect to yourself, your child, and others. Kids are greatly influenced throughout their day by adults, whether it be a parent, their teacher or friends. Observing respectful adult behaviour helps your child learn the value of respect and how to use it to their advantage.
Schools may teach children about respect, but it is you the parent, that holds the most influence over your children. So, if you are caught bad-mouthing someone, it is possible that your child will take this as a cue that it’s okay to be disrespectful.
It is worth talking about your child’s school rules at home and showing respect towards them and possibly considering adopting some of them within your own home. For example, if ‘trying your best in all you do’ is one of your child’s school rules, why not refer to it and identify with this rule within your own home setting. This can help demonstrate that you respect and value the rules in place at your child’s school.
Teaching your child to respect and adhere to rules will help them and their behaviour throughout their life as well as having a positive impact on the relationships they make. Schools can put the infrastructure in place but it works best when parents invest in the ethos of the school and support this fully. A strong home- school partnership can help strengthen the importance of following and adhering the school rules and ultimately help your child understand the importance of contributing positively to the wider society.