- Using your manners by saying please and thank you to those around you like the cashier at the grocery store or your teenís teacher when he she calls when he/she calls.
- Discussing your differences of opinion with our nationís leaders in a way that isnít bashing them personally.
- Not reacting negatively to a person in authority when being treated unfairly, say by a boss. Remaining calm taking time and thinking through your options before reacting. This is showing him/her how to make good choices.
- Putting the big picture into perspective out loud so your teen can hear it. For example, "I donít think that official made the right call, but Iím glad I donít have to make those difficult decisions."
These simple ways of modeling your respect for those in authority will help your teen learn to respect authority, a key part of becoming a happy and successful adult.
Do you have any examples of modeling respect for authority? Have you had a talk with your teen about respecting teachers, sports officials, etc? Tell us your thoughts in our comments area.