Respect Recap with Elissa and Debi

            Productive Play Recap

            Show #7

              Ways To Teach Respect

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the importance of teaching and role modeling respect with our children. We also shared specific activities and books that you can use with your child to help teach respect.


After each Productive Play show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activity and what we discuss, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

Teaching Respect

Phase 1 Month 7 Activity 12


  • Adult and Child
  • Bedroom/Bathroom or Other Door for Knocking


  •  Ask a child to go into their bedroom and you close the door from the hallway.
  • Now knock on the door and ask if you can come into their bedroom.
  • Have a role reversal and now you enter your bedroom and close the door.  Have the child knock on the door and ask if they can come in.
  • Teaching a child to wait until you give permission to enter is a show of respect.


  • The first 5 years are critical in how a child learns to learn. By the age of 2 they are mimicking adult behavior and that is why it is crucial that we as adults role model being respectful.
  • Chat with a child about respect.  Use words such as politeness or courtesy.  It’s a good way to increase a youngster’s vocabulary.  Showing consideration or listening to someone talking without interrupting are other ways to show respect.
  • Ask a child to think of ways to show respect that a preschooler can do.  For example, greeting friends and family with a hello and a hand shake- acknowledging their presence is a simple act of respect


1)    “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox This book shares that we are all human and need to respect our diversity.

2)  “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes The book discusses bullies, inappropriate behavior and the need for respect.

3)  “Cookies: Bite-size Life Lessons” by Amy Rosenthal This book through cookie making shares many character traits along with respect.

A good definition of Character:

  “It is the inward values of a person that determine outward actions.”

Debi Dutton and Elissa Sungar are the mother/daughter team behind If Not You, – the website that makes sure your children are ready for Kindergarten.  They are the hosts of Productive Play on Word of Mom Radio and monthly share new activities and information to ensure that you are making the most out of your playtime!

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