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I think the best thing is to tell them, repeatedly. I think children of APers can't help but know that their parents think they are just as important/valuable/respectable as adults. The problem is that not all people feel this way, there are lots of people that feel that children are not to be respected as adults are, and your children will learn this as they grow. What they need, like in every other area, is constant teaching from you, about how you believe things should be. Tell them that kids are just as important as adults, and that they need to remember that, to be respectful of their friends as they are of adults, that you expect it from them.
One big reason they need to know this is b/c of sexual predators. Children who are taught to always respect adults in general, can be more at risk, IMO.
But, they also need to know it so that they treat other kids with respect and so that they learn that respect is something that not everyone deserves, esp. due to being older.
I find my 3.5 y.o is most respectful of people who are respectful of her, she has already figured it out, now I just need to be careful not to squash that knowledge in her.
OK, I'm rambling. Sorry.
:Patty :fireman Catholic, intactalactivist, co-sleeping, GDing, HSing, no-vax Mama to .........................:..........hale: