May 10 2012 Thursday at 05:51 AM

Respect - The Currency of Life

I speak a lot about allowing children to be free, but they are not free to do anything. Obviously, they should never harm other children (or adults). However, they also have an obligation to go a step beyond that and be respectful. The coach is putting in effort to help the kids learn. The kids "pay" the coach with respect. No Respect = No Coaching. 

  • Respect is not blind obedience; Respect is listening quietly. 
  • Respect is not thinking the coach is always right; Respect is disagreeing respectfully.
  • Respect is not demanded; Respect is earned.

When respect is withheld, there are consequences. The kids can't pay you with money to coach, but if you teach them to pay you with respect, I think they understand the importance of it more clearly which results in a lot less frustration and a lot more learning and fun.