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During the summer many families spend more time together. In fact, we often have the opportunity to reunite with family members from near and far as we vacation & picnic! Having the family together is an excellent time to celebrate each other, practice respect, and demonstrate being respectful! Here are a few suggestions for you & your families!
Any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins
A group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together.
To show regard or appreciate for someone. To acknowledge their worth and uniqueness as a person.
Talk About It:
~What does family mean to you?
~What do you do to stay in touch with your family who is far away?
~What is your perfect family experience?
~Who is someone in your family that you really respect? Why?
~Have you ever been respectful to someone who is disrespectful to you?
~What does it mean to be respectful? disrespectful?
~Give examples of being self-respectful.
~Should you respect yourself as much as you respect others?
The Happy Home Club offers suggestions for families about ways to celebrate each other once a day, once a week, once a month, once a year, and once in awhile. There are some very valuable ideas listed in this printable lesson guide.
School Family shares a nice article suggesting way to use everyday opportunities to teach respect.
Building Blocks also has an article on showing respect to our family.
Looking for poems about respect? Building Blocks also provides a lesson plan for creating your own respect poem.
Quotes About Respect
Value Parenting explains several games appropriate for different age levels geared toward defining & role playing respect. These ideas would be helpful in planning a family night.
Family Reunion is a site that suggests many different idea that are appropriate for summer family gatherings. The family quilt is an interesting way to feature the uniqueness of each family member and talk about respecting our individualities.
~Interview family members on a variety of topics. Turn the answers into trivia questions. Take turns reading and answering the questions around the dinner table (or picnic table) with your family.
~Ask questions of other family members and listen respectfully to their answers.
~Look for Common Ground
~Learn to Accept
~Give Second Chances