It is totally natural to want to raise responsible children, but in order to do that, we have to encourage and teach our children responsibility.
You see, being responsible includes managing their own personal belongings, school work, taking care of themselves and others and eventually even taking care of a home and having a job. Learning to be responsible doesn’t happen immediately overnight but it can be taught early on in life.
Teach Children Responsibility
Always Lead By Example
As with pretty much anything, our children mimic and mirror the behaviour and actions of their parents. It is easy to tell your children that they must be responsible, but it is quite different to actually lead by example.
Make sure that if you say you’re going to do something, you follow through with it. Show your children the positive effect of being responsible and they will likely behave the same way.
In order to learn to be responsible, it is a good idea that we gradually assign our children with responsibilities that they can manage themselves. For example, chores like washing the dishes, cleaning their rooms or whatever you deem an age-appropriate responsibility for your child, can provide your children with a sense of responsibility and accomplishment when these tasks have been completed.
When we don’t hit a deadline at work, there are consequences for that. In the real world, excuses get you nowhere. Teach your children that if they are not responsible for their belongings and their time management. If they lose their toy, don’t be upset, but show them that there are natural consequences for not being responsible for their own belongings.
Teaching children responsibility from a young age can result in a much more positive outcome when they become adults. It is never too early to start teaching your children that responsibility is a natural part of life. Eventually your children will thrive on their responsibilities.