Parents: Teach respect for rules and authority

The best lessons about respect for authority figures—especially teachers, coaches and other adults at school—can be taught right at home. As you talk with your child about respectful behavior:
  • Explain why rules are important. Tell your child that teachers have rules because they care about their students. Disrupting the class when the teacher is trying to teach hurts everyone’s learning.
  • Encourage your child to listen politely when others are speaking. This means looking at the teacher, the principal, the cafeteria server—and not interrupting when they speak.
  • Remind your child that the number one rule is always the “Golden Rule,” the basis for all respectful behavior—to treat others as you want to be treated.

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