How to Teach Responsibility
Whether it means getting homework turned in on time or taking care of a client’s needs at work, responsibility is important in life. As parents, responsibility is something we need to teach our children. There are many ways to do this, through our actions as well as words. From toddler to teen, children we can lead our children on a path to responsibility.
Make sure the responsibility building tools you use are age appropriate. We want to set up our kids for success! When first introducing responsibility, start small. Children as young as toddlers can begin learning about responsibility. How, you might ask? Easy! Teach them simple tasks like turning off lights when you leave a room or putting up their toys after they finish playing for the day.
As our children grow, expectations of responsibility do also. In addition to cleaning up after themselves, children can begin helping around the house as well. A great idea for this would be to start a chore chart! Come up with a small list of things your kiddos are capable of handling on their own and explain to them that they are responsible for making sure it is takin care of every day or week. Do you have multiple children? Great! Teach the older ones to care for their younger siblings. Even if children are close in age, there are often tasks they can do to help each other out!
Many children enjoy going shopping with their parents, I know I always did! Our kiddos can help out more than simply grabbing an item off the shelf or pushing the basket. When children broach the teen years, have them help you shop. Set your budget, show them your list, and have them help you find the best deals on the items you need! This will help them learn about financial responsibility in a fun way. You can even turn it into a game of who can find the best deal first.