Sometimes rudeness is overlooked as kids just being kids. But rude or disrespectful words and behavior can have long term effects and consequences. Here's 5 reasons why you shouldn't let your kids be rude.
Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Children be Rude
Around the world, there are all types of different parenting methods. Whether strict, laid back, free range or any other variety, one thing is for certain: you shouldn’t let your children be rude. Their attitude, manners, and etiquette can affect so much of their lives. Since the term “rude” is very open for interpretation, we'll break down what it means and why you shouldn’t let your children be rude.
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Children be Rude
There are a few definitions for “rude” depending on the situation. The most basic, though, is this: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way. It's one thing to = have an opinion and voice it in an appropriate and courteous manner, but a whole different animal to use your opinion as a verbal weapon against another person.
Here are some reasons why your children should avoid being rude.
1. Behavior Becomes Habit: Repeated behavior becomes habit, including attitude. Allowing your child to be rude towards another child or adult will lead to that behavior becoming imprinted as a habit and eventually be ingrained deeply as part of their personality. Having that personality trait can have lifelong negative side effects that could be avoided by taking a bit more hands-on approach when they’re younger. Breaking a bad habit when you're older and "done cooking" is much more difficult.
2. Rudeness Affects Friendships and Relationships: Rudeness, overall, is typically practiced by people who feel they need to force their opinions on others, instead of simply expressing their feeling properly. This type of behavior can ruin friendships and relationships before they even start. The types of people your child should be associating with will not want to be around them due to their rudeness, and the ones who will, are most likely rude themselves (they will simply feed off each other’s negativity). If your child happens to make a polite, mild-mannered child, that child can become a victim of your child’s rudeness, and that can affect the other child’s psyche in the long run.
3. Being Rude Will Impact Future Careers: Most careers center around dealing with the public, or at the very least involve being around other people. No employer will want to hire a rude person if it means they run the risk of losing potential customers, and that kind of trait is not exactly what they look for in higher management positions either. Even in manufacturing positions, employees need to get along with each other, and a rude attitude can ruin that pretty quick. Curbing that behavior as children can mean they have a better chance of getting a good job and leading a fuller life.
4. Rudeness Will Affect Your Own Relationships as the Parent: Your child’s rude behavior is seen as a direct result of your influence on them, either by neglecting to do something about the behavior or by teaching your children rudeness through your own words and actions. If your child is rude, it can ruin your relationships as a parent. It may not be right away, but over time, you may see friendships fall by the wayside because they choose not to put themselves or their children around a child who is rude.
5. The Effects of Being Rude Will Harm Your Child's Psyche: With all of the short and long term negative effects that rudeness causes, it can really cause emotional damage to your child. Being rejected by peers, friends, superiors, and even for jobs will harm your child's psyche, little by little, for their entire life.
Take care how you raise your children, and do it in their best interests, not necessarily yours. Teaching them to be polite and respectful can be difficult and inconvenient, but know that no matter how you choose to raise them, the adults they become are always a direct result of your influence. So make your influence a good one. Teach your children to be respectful, but at the same time to stand up for themselves without doing harm to others. It will greatly improve the quality of your life and theirs.
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