Are You Teaching Your Kids Responsibility?
We all want our children to be responsible. Whether it be understanding that they need to clean up after themselves, knowing when it is time to pay someone an apology, or something as simple as packing their own lunch, teaching our kids these valuable lessons start with instilling a sense of responsibility.
A lot of parents think that responsibility comes with age. The reality is that you can start teaching your child basic skills that will help them further develop their own sense of responsibility in their early years.
Great examples include having your child make their own bed, help to pack their lunch, feeding any pets at home, or even help with grocery shopping.
Use Consequences and Rewards
A great way to illustrate the importance of being responsible is by creating a reward system for when your child proves to understand their duties, and consequences for when they decide not to comply.
Design this system to revolve around a list of tasks that you and your child think are reasonable. Once this list is ready, place it somewhere your child will frequently come into contact with it.
Give your child no more than one reminder at the beginning of every week to stay on top of their responsibilities. If you notice they are making time to effectively get their tasks done without any reminders, reward them with things like a special treat.
However, if you find that your child isn’t following through with their responsibilities, show them the consequences of not taking accountability for their actions by taking away their allowance or screen time.