Parenting Tip of the Day: Mar. 20

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How can we help our young people develop respect for those who have lived longer than they have — and who deserve their admiration and care? “Teach the social niceties,” says Megan Gladwell in “I melt when I see one of my boys holding a door open for a lady. Or a man. Or a child or dog. Teaching children courteous gestures (giving up a seat in a crowded waiting room, allowing someone to step ahead in a line, writing a handwritten thank you note) trains them to be less selfish.”

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Sometimes, it’s all in how a concept is taught. “Courtesy is cool, and kids will gain respect for themselves as they show respect for adults and all ages,” notes Gladwell. “British novelist Lawrence Sterne said, ‘Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.'”

Also, plan some “grandma time.” “If your kids’ grandparents or great-grandparents are available, encourage them to spend time together,” Gladwell advises. “Prompt your kids to learn from them, mind them, and love them.”

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