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    Respect and tolerance are values and admirable traits. As a parent, you can weave lifelong lessons of respect and tolerance into your familys everyday life. Here are some ways.

    Be a respectful role model. Speak to your child using words that demon-strate respect. .

    Teach your children that they have value and the importance of self-respect. You can help your child understand the concept of self-respect by applying it to concepts like pride and self-worth. Even simple things like eating healthy, using good hygiene and getting enough sleep help children learn self-value through learning to care about their

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    Teaching Children the Values of Respect and Tolerance

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