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 Knock first! Teaching respect

Month 7 · Activity 12 · Character Traits


  • Preschoolers often mimic behavior.  To teach respect an adult must show respect as preschoolers are watching
  • A simple idea is to practice knocking on closed doors and asking to enter.  This shows respect and is easy for adults to model when they want to enter a child’s bedroom, bathroom, etc.
  • Teach child to knock on closed doors before entering and to ask for permission to enter.  For example, child knocks on closed bedroom door and asks "Mom, may I please come in?"


When you are with a child, remember to be kind and respectful of them in all situations.  Listen to them while looking at them eye to eye or asking them for their opinion or suggestions are other easy ways to show and teach respect.


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