When it comes to educating your children, I'm a firm believer that books are a wonderful way to teach them. Beginning at a young age, you can choose children's books with a message to help them understand a number of things. Often times, books can help teach children lessons that seem simple as an adult, but can be difficult to instill, like respect. Used as a learning tool along with attentive parenting, the books that teach your children what respect really means can help you instill values you feel are important.
Respect is one of the most important lessons you can teach a child, and one of the earliest lessons you'll want to instill. Learning how to respect others is detrimental to your child's upbringing, because what they learn from you about respect is what they'll take out into the world. And nothing is worse than encountering a child (or worse yet, a teen or adult) who doesn't seem to grasp the concept of respect.
When children are young, they often want to know the reason behind what you're telling them to do. Often times, "because mommy said so" is not reason enough to change your child's behavior. When you introduce books as a learning tool, it helps your child to see situations from other peoples point of view. By being on the outside of a situation looking in, your child can begin to learn about how to respect others, and why they should respect others. Whether it's respecting strangers, someone else's wishes, sharing with others, or allowing others to be themselves, the following books all teach wonderful lessons about respect, and how to integrate it into every day life.