9/12/11

4 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsibility

How many adults do you know, individuals who should by now know the basics of what it means to assume responsibility, haven’t the slightest clue? Unfortunately learning how to be responsible starts at a young age, and many children do not learn these lessons early. Responsibility is acquired through force of habit, and does not just come automatically. Even though it can be tough to teach responsibility, your children will thank you for it later. Here are a few ways to get started on this particularly important lesson early on.

1. Teach your child how to save money.
Saving money is perhaps the one responsibility that the least amount of adults ever learns. Consider our current economic situation, it is the one most important skill for anyone to pick up as they grow older. Of course, the easiest way to teach your child how to save money is to give them an allowance. To take it one step further, ask your child to set a savings goal every month—a little bit of money that they set aside after receiving their allowance. If they meet their goal each month, double their savings. If they meet their yearly savings goal, reward them with something special.

2. Consider acquiring a pet.
Although not every child may be ready for a pet, pets are a great way to instill in children the importance of caring for something every day. From feeding a pet to cleaning it to giving it love and affection, caring for an animal is the best way to teach children that there are other beings who do, and will in the future, depend on their ability to be responsible.

3. Encourage your child to get a summer job.
When I was a teen, getting a summer job was considered almost mandatory. Now, however, I’ve noticed that for most teens, getting a summer job is something that some kids do if they feel like it. In my experience, having your of-age child work is one of the best character-building experiences, simply because they learn to understand early what it means to show up on time, interact with strangers politely, and do as their told by an adult other than their parents. It gives them a good insight into the future, in which you will be forced to do many things that you don’t necessarily want to do.

4. Let your child fail.
This perhaps is one of the most important skills that anyone can learn, because failure is an instrumental part of life. If children don’t learn early on that there are consequences to actions, then they grow up believing that they are infallible. When they finally do fail later in life, they will not know how to cope. Even though many parents feel guilty when they expose their children to disappointment, learning how to fail and get back up on your feet is a key part of assuming responsibility for your actions.

Even though there are very specific things that you can do teach your children responsibility, it is not something that happens overnight. It is a quality that grows with consistent direction on your part.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. We have four dogs, we kind of collected them in the ten years before Little Bit hit the scene. Little Bit is already learning valuable lessons because of them. We teach him how to pet them nicely. He also loves to feed the dogs. When he is done eating he gets off of his chair and takes food to them piece by piece. He also practices this at restaurants much to my parents dismay, lol.

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