Educating Children to Respect the Elderly

Grandparents have plenty of life experience and wisdom to share, making them an obvious source of advice for the younger generation. Unfortunately, now that children live in an age where technology gives them all the answers, a gap is forming between young and old.

As a parent, you have a chance to bridge this gap by teaching your children the value of elders.

Here are a few tips on teaching your child to respect the elderly…

Set a good example

If your child grows up watching you show respect and courtesy towards older people, they’re more likely to follow suit. Behave in the way that you’d like to see your own child behave. Teach your child that if an adult is talking they should listen to them and not interrupt. Encourage your child to be helpful, polite and considerate when they are in the company of all adults.

Asking questions

Whether in a simple conversation or for a homework project, asking a grandparent questions can teach your child a lot about history and their family tree. Your child may be surprised to learn about certain events they have lived through or jobs they have done. Grandparents often have fascinating stories to tell about their own childhood. Asking questions will not only help your child to respect their elders, but it will also help to keep those important family stories alive.

Be helpful

Teach your child to be helpful and considerate towards the elderly. For example, hold the door open for them and save a seat for them to sit down. It is also helpful to make your child aware of certain disabilities that an elderly person may have. Remember some disabilities are not always visual, such as hearing loss and dementia, so your child may need to learn how to speak up and be patient.

Keep in touch

It’s important for children to develop their own respect for the elderly by listening and spending quality time with them. This has been particularly difficult over the last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic; however families and schools can encourage children to keep in touch with elderly friends and relatives via phone calls, video calls and writing letters.

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