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Respect Children's Choices

All parents want their kids to be kind, polite and respectful to everyone with whom they interact. Its essential children know how to act in a civilized society – but let's be honest, we also feel incredibly guilty or embarrassed when our kids are disrespectful.

We can feel the judgment of other parents when our son or daughter snaps back at the cashier at the supermarket. As a parent, we sometimes question the freedom we are giving our children and are criticized by the elders in the family for not being "stricter". But, on the other hand, we are told that there are things for which we have just to put our foot down.

You don't have to like your child's mismatched shirt and shorts or love how your child has placed pictures in his room. However, it is important to respect those choices.

Children reach out for independence at a young age, and parents can help to foster those decision-making skills by being supportive and even looking the other way on occasion. After all, it is OK if a child goes to day-care in a striped green shirt and pink shorts.

There are plenty of ways you can show your respect daily.

1. Listen to your child

2. Use good manners when interacting with children.

3. Refrain from forcing your child to share.

4. Allow your child to make choices about his or her body.

5. Respect your child's privacy.

6. Respond to mistakes with grace.

7. Show your trust in your child by allowing him to do for himself.

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