To help middle school students understand how to treat others with love and respect, I pulled these excerpts from various places and adapted them.
I think we can all learn lessons from these suggestions from some wonderful authors.
The ‘golden rule’ says, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” One author calls the ‘platinum rule’, “Treat others how they want to be treated.”
I have always said two things. “Treat others better than you want to be treated.” and “Treat others with as much grace as you’ve already been shown by God.”
Adapted from “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4. Be a good listener.
5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
Adapted from “The Five Love Languages” school appropriate ways of demonstrating love and respect, making people feel appreciated.
- “words of affirmation.” Verbal compliments, words of appreciation, constant encouragement
- “quality time.” This means doing something together
- “receiving gifts.” Some people love surprises, honor this by giving gifts
- “acts of service.” Can range from doing little things to larger projects— tasks that require thought, planning, time, effort, and energy
Adapted from “21 Way You Can Earn The Respect of Others”
1. Be relentlessly proactive
2. Keep Your promises
3. Earnestly apologize and make amends (do it right)
4. Don’t waste other people’s time
5. Stop gossiping immediately
6. Stop being too nice (it’s fake), don’t let people use you either
7. Practice humility
8. Have a moral code
9. Be open-minded
10. Add real value
11. Always do your homework
12. Be inspiring
13. Learn to say, ‘No’
14. Respect yourself
15. Believe in your ideas
16. Speak up when you’re mistreated
17. Stand up for someone else
18. Speak your mind (in kindness)
19. Stop talking and listen
20. Care about others
21. Control your emotions (Curb your instant reactions)