If you are a parent, you probably take your child shopping with you often. It’s important to start teaching them at a young age the importance and value of work and how it is important to respect employees of businesses you are shopping at. Since our children watch everything we do, we can teach them about manners and respect even while we’re shopping.
This one may seem obvious, and many of you reading this would not even dream of doing this with or without your child present. Unfortunately it does happen. I’ve even witnessed parents advising their children to help them. Not only is this disrespectful to the business and it’s employees, but it is teaching your child that it is ok to take what you want, even if you don’t have enough money. It’s teaching them that it’s okay because their parents do it and it is showing them that respect to businesses that let you shop with them is unnecessary.
Don’t talk on your cell phone while checking out.
Your kids are smart. They’re going to pick up how you act around employees of a business. If you treat them like dirt and are rude enough to speak on your cell phone while you’re checking out, your kids are going to think it’s ok to be rude and disrespectful too. They may not have cell phones yet, but they can pick up on negative activities and think they are okay if Mommy and Daddy are doing it.
Don’t interrupt employees while they are helping other customers.
This will give your child the idea that it’s ok to be arrogant and interrupt others because they are just the most precious thing in the entire world. While the parent may think this, it’s not ok to teach your child that everyone in the world is there to serve them. Doing things like this gives your child a warped view of the working class by insulting the employee as well as teaches your child that they should get what they want when they want it.
Do say please and thank you.
Children do pay attention to the positive things we do too. Remember to use your manners and say please and thank you associates when they are helping you. You will only brighten their day by being polite and will teach your child to be respectful and use their manners all at the same time. It’s just a win-win situation.
Just remember that your kids are watching everything you do. There are endless teaching opportunities, even when we are shopping. Teach your children to be respectful while they are in stores by being respectful yourself. They may not act like they notice at first, but they are watching and everything we do sinks in their precious little minds. If you’re a parent, I’m sure you already know this, but when we’re shopping it’s easy to forget. Just try to remember this next time you go shopping!