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Teaching Respect for Self and Others

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A person of character shows respect. He or she is courteous and polite and is tolerant of differences. He or she respects the dignity, privacy and freedom of others. A child is not born with a concrete self-image or character traits. These are learned and shaped through experiences that begin at birth. These factors play a fundamental role in your child's growth and development.

Consider the following examples of "do's and don'ts":


  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Show tolerance and be accepting of differences.
  • Be courteous and use good manners.
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.


  • Insult or make fun of others.
  • Offend others with bad language.
  • Threaten, hit or hurt anyone.


  • Be tolerant of differences
  • Use good manners and language
  • Be considerate of others' feelings
  • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements