Parents of young children, look toward the adolescent years by asking yourself some critical questions now:
- Do I address my child with kindness and respect, even in conflict?
- Do I use my tone and body language to communicate civility or contempt?
- Do I guard my child’s exposure to media sources that model uncivil exchanges between children and adults?
- Do I teach my child that civil words are not merely “magic words” that achieve a desired result, but are “moral words” that obey the Great Command of preferential love?