Being responsible is key to your children’s success as they grow up. Responsibility actually influences all the pursuits in life, and even affects kids’ ability to make new friends, to excel in academic work and also to excel in career.
When kids learn how to become more responsible, they will be able to get things done right, and people will know that they can be relied upon to meet their promises and obligations. They will also be seen as dependable and trustworthy. In this article, we are going to give you top 5 strategies to teach your kids responsibility:
1. Teach Your Kids Self-Care
You can start by teaching your kids to take responsibility for themselves. For example, you can encourage young children to brush their teeth, or to dress themselves before going to school, even though you know can do it much faster.
You can give them some self-care tasks such as putting their own toys away, organizing their room, and making their beds, and then compliment or praise them on how responsible they’re. They will start seeing themselves as competent and capable, and this will lead to a strong self image and a desire to do much more on their own.
2. Give Them Chores
One of the best ways of teaching your children responsibility, is through chores. Giving them responsibilities around the house, and having them contribute to the family, will help them learn more about being accountable. Chores will also teach them about respect; they will learn to respect what you (parents) do for them, and to respect their ability to contribute to the family in a meaningful way.
When giving your kids chores, make sure they understand all the details about the chores, including a time frame on when they should be finished, and consequences of not performing them. As a parent, you might need to assist your kids in some chores, but you shouldn’t do the work for them.
Your kids should also know that they’re responsible for correcting their mistakes when possible. For instance, if he/she makes a mess, he/she should be the one to clean it up. That being so, remember, always be positive, and provide good feedback to your kids about their chores. Offer encouragement whenever your kid demonstrates responsibility.
3. Be a Role Model
The best and most effective way of getting your children to become more responsible is by being responsible yourself, in front of them. As a parent, you’re the perfect person to model exactly what good and responsible behavior entails. You can show your kid what responsibility entails by taking excellent care of your things and your space; put the car keys on the hook where they should be, instead of putting them on the dining table; refill the pet water fountain bowl; pick up the clothes off the bedroom floor; and if you have promised to take your kid shopping for some new bedroom decor, live up to the promise and make that trip to the mall instead of always pushing it off.
4. Provide Tools Which Support Responsibility
Make it easier for them to become more responsible by giving them what they require for self-discipline. If you expect your kids to always wake up on time, ensure they’ve got a proper working alarm clock, and if you want the homework desk well organized, ensure they have the necessary desk organizers and the filing accessories.
One important thing to note is that, when you buy the necessary tools and materials, let your kid figure out exactly how to use them. Simply give them the materials, and let them organize themselves.
5. Display Progress and Achievements
Children tend do much better with visual aids. You can put a chart on the refrigerator or on the door to help your kids see just how well they’re doing, or.and when they make errors/mistakes. Whenever they happen to do something good, you can reward them on the chart with points. In case they happen to do something bad or wrong, and try to blame someone else, you can deduct points from chart.
Allow your kids to save up many points for a certain reward at the end of week or month. Losing points basically means that they need to put more effort in order for them to get a good reward.
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Generally, being responsible involves learning how to take good care of yourself and others, and also managing your personal belongings, school life, home, and eventually managing a job. Teaching a child how to become more responsible does not happen overnight, however, by following the above strategies, you will be able to help your kid become more responsible.
My name is Diana Hutchinson. I am the founder of Tinpaw I have more than 10-years’ experience in nurturing and caring cats. I love them. Since long ago they had been became important members of my family.