Teaching respect is part of character formation. Respect is the ability to recognise and appreciate the rights, beliefs, practices, and differences, as it exist in our society. Often, people use the words, ‘tolerance’ and ‘acceptance’ when they talk about respect. These traits are important but respect means much more. BETTY AMUKPO discusses the definition of respect with some children as she charges them to be respectful.
‘I am respectful by listening’
What is Respect? Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities and qualities. Are you respectful? Yes, I am respectful by listening and being present at all times. Acknowledge others and say thank you…Address mistake with kindness… Making decisions based on what’s right not who you like.
‘I have self-respect’
ing and appreciation of people and things. It is the act of being obedient to our parents, teachers, friends and everyone around us. It is also known as good behaviours of due regard for the feelings of others. Are you respectful? Yes. I also have self-respect. As children we should be respectful to God, our parents, elders and even our friends. Respect is a good virtue that we should incorporate in our lives.
‘I have been respectful to my parents, teachers, elders, those in authority’
Respect is regarded as feelings, wishes or rights towards others especially the elders. It is said that respect is reciprocal, you give respect you get back respect. Thus, yes I have been respectful to my parents, teachers, elders and those in authority. It pays to be respectful.
‘I set limits, and respect physical boundaries’
Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. And also being obedient and don’t talk back to elders, always greet the elders. I AM RESPECTFUL! I set limits and respects physical boundaries. I address mistakes with kindness. I am thoughtful of others’ feelings LIVE AND LET LIVE.
‘I am not only respectful to my parents alone, but to everything God created’
Respect is the value someone gives to something he or she admires. Respect is not only limited to humans but we give respect to living and non-living things as well. In the book of 1Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor”. The Bible commands us as children to respect our parents but I am not only respectful to my parents alone, but to everything God created.
‘Yes, I am respectful by being quiet in the Church, especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament’
Respect is due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others, showing concerns for their needs. Yes I am respectful by being quiet in the Church especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament; I don’t use negative labels or insults and using good manners like “PLEASE “and “THANK YOU “ .
‘I obey and carryout instructions diligently’
Respect is when you obey someone and carry out instructions adequately without objection. Respect is also the process of honouring someone by exhibiting care and considerate Yes, I am respectful because I obey and carry out instructions diligently. Acknowledge others and refuse to discriminate, make decisions based on what is right not who I like. I apologize when I am wrong.
‘I respect my parents, my elderly ones, and peoples around me’
Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important or held in high esteem. Yes, I am a respectful child, I respect my parents, my elderly ones and people around me. Children, be respectful.
‘It is my primary duty as a child to respect my parents, elders and even my play mates’
Respect is defined as to feel or show esteem honour for someone or something. Yes, I am respectful. It is my primary duty as a child to respect my parents, elders and even my play mates by listening to them and keeping to their instructions and give respect to other valuable things.