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Respect is knowing I am Unique, valuable, loveable and capable.

What is respect?
Respect means showing regard and appreciation for the worth of someone or something. It means honour and esteem.
It includes respect for self, respect for the rights and dignity of all persons, and respect for the environment that sustains life.
Respect keeps us from hurting what we ought to value.

Why is respect important?
Much of the universal values and virtues that contribute to the good of the individual and society and affirm our human dignity are derived from the value of respect and the value of responsibility. We need respect to collaborate and to have a peaceful world.

How to put respect into action:

• Practice the Golden Rule which urges everyone to treat one another with dignity and respect
• Practice Random Acts of Kindness
• Practice saying "please" and "thank you" and "excuse me"
• Make a point of not teasing and encourage your friends not to
• Be patient with yourself and others when a mistake is made
• Practice good table manners
• Make an effort not to gossip
• Make an effort to not swear
• Be courteous toward everyone
• Learn how to properly introduce yourself

Community service ideas:
• Entertain senior citizens at a retirement home
• Correspond with students from another country and learn about each other's culture
• Volunteer to help the disabled

Remember:
Respect means using good manners; being courteous and polite, speaking to others in a kind voice; using polite body language.
Respect means showing consideration toward other people (including your elders, parents, guardians, teachers, peers, siblings, other family members, employers, and people in authority).
Respect means honoring other people's wants, needs, ideas, differences, beliefs, customs, and heritage.
Respect means caring for other living things and the earth (animals, plants, the environment).
Respect means obeying the rules, laws, and customs of your family, faith, community, and country.

Other activities:
Write a poem about respect. What does it mean to you? Or write a story about an incident where someone shows respect or disrespect. Perform it as a skit.
Make a list of disrespectful words and phrases. Replace them with compliments, congratulations, and encouragement.
Learn about etiquette or proper behavior using the computer for communication.
Learn about etiquette for different occasions such as meeting new people, giving a party, eating a meal, writing a thank you note, participating in sports.