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September 10th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Teaching Children Responsibility

re·spon·si·bil·i·ty -  The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.

Could you imagine life if we didn’t have to own up to our responsibilities? It would be a crazy world of  I didn’t do that. I know I struggle with being a responsible person sometimes, but it is an extremely important character trait to impart on your children.  When my kids were really little, responsibility meant putting away your toys, saying you were sorry if you hit or bit someone, and doing the “time” for a tantrum. As they grow older the way the amount of responsibility grows and the “time” you do changes.

Chores are typically the responsibilities that you think about for children. Next week I am going to tackle chores and some systems to reward kids for completing them. I like to start by teaching my kids what responsibility really means:

  • Don’t Make Excuses or Blame Others – My favorite quote from the kids is – “It’s Connor’s Fault!”
  • When you make a Commitment, Follow Through – A good example is when we join an activity and they don’t like it part way though; I always tell them they have to finish up that session. I also remind them of this when they want to try a new activity so they know that commitment matters.
  • Don’t Rely on Others – you shouldn’t plan on adults to remind you to do certain things, bring items, and be places.
  • Always use your head – Think about what would be the best choice.
  • Be Trustworthy – Don’t lie, keep secrets if people ask you to, and take care of other’s things.
  • Don’t Put Stuff Off –When you have something to do, just do it!

How do you teach your kids about responsibility?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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