How To Teach Your Children About Responsibility

Children who are responsible and enjoy taking responsibility for their actions are favored and make their parents and others very proud

Responsibility is a term that seems to be losing importance very rapidly. Many people today seem to just pass the blame to someone else instead of standiing up and facing the facts and taking responsibility for their actions. Learning to accept responsibility begins at a very young age. Even babies have to learn to be responsible for their actions. Everyone suffers consequences when we refuse to accept responsibility for our own actions.

A child can be taught responsibility at a very young age. For example, a baby learns that by throwing his food on the floor repeatedly, he will soon not get to enjoy the rest of his food any longer because it will be put away. Throwing food on the floor may seem like a game at first, but after a while the child will know that it is not a good thing to do. He knows he will not have his food back if he throws it. He learns to be responsible in keeping his food on the tale or he will stay hungry for a while.

Older children, as well, need to be taught responsibility. If the parents or caregivers demonstrate a strong sense of responsibility and communicate to their children its importance, chances are the children will also be willing to take responsibility. By being examples, adults can instill in children good behavioral patterns that they can be proud of. Children imitate what they see and hear. Parents need to listen to their children when they speak in order to know how and what they think or believe about different issues. They will be either praised or they will be corrected. Teaching a child about responsibility takes communication and responsibility.

Even a toddler learns responsibility when he is allowed to take his own diaper and put it in the trash can. After a while, he automatically will take the diaper after a change and, without being asked, he will know to go and put it in the trash. He might get a little distracted on the way, but with a little guidance he will complete the task. It is all so important that parents stay ahead of the child. A parent needs to be very observant and ready to explain any wrong doing and correct or discipline a child at the time the action occurs. Young children will not know five minutes after the incident occurs why they are being disciplined. They need to learn responsibility as soon as they perform any serious act.

Consistency is very important when teaching children responsibility. Simple things such as putting away toys after a period of play time teaches children that it is necessary to clean up after themselves in order to find things and to have room to play in. All these chores take time, and as parents, we need to show responsibility by teaching children, by taking the time to demonstrate and stress the importance of responsibility. Children can only do what they have been taught. If the child is taught to put his shoes away in a particular place every time he or she takes them off, he soon knows that it is his responsibility to put them away where they belong. It is also important that the child be reminded at first, but give him or her time to see if they will do it without being told or reminded.

Everyone learns to be responsible, but it is the actual doing that makes us responsible. Responsibility needs to be taught at a very young age, and a conscious effort is necessary for it to be effective.

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