Teaching children responsibility starts at an early age and it starts at home. A child learning to be responsible will will increase their chances of being successful. Learning responsibility started at an early age in my house. We had conversations on why it was important and demonstrated negative results when being responsible wasn’t taken seriously. Here are 5 ways that I used to install responsibility:
Assigning Chores – This includes putting toys away, helping with dishes, cleaning their room and eventually getting a job around the age of 16 for the summer. Yep my daughter had a job. Did she need to work, no. I could financially support us, but it was a great way for her to learn about what it takes to hold down a job and build confidence. Getting to bed timely, getting up timely and reporting on time is a life long lesson. Additionally, these skills need to be learned and embraced. Doing chores also included going to school and doing home work. In my home you either go to school or get a job.
Playing Team Sports/Activities – I put my daughter in organized activities at the age of 3. It was a little majorette group with drummers, so cute. At the age of 5, we switched to ballet. Ballet dancing requires discipline, and so does being successful in life. Organized sports or activities can include football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, whatever your child likes. If your child is not into sports, try a painting or karate class. The important thing is that they learn about discipline and being a team player.
Volunteer Work – Doing volunteer work is a good way to learn about responsibility. Feeding the homeless, working at a food bank, reading to seniors at a nursing home is a good start. If they like farming, horses or gardening, have them volunteer on a farm or equestrian center.
Serving As A Role Model – Being a role model can be rewarding. Children learn about leadership, and the importance of setting an example so others will want to follow their lead. Being a tutor, mentor, active in the church etc. makes a great community role model.
Having A Role Model – Being your child’s role model is just as important as teaching them to be a role model. Children look at everything we do. We just think they aren’t listening. Furthermore, it’s important that your child see you doing the things that you wan them to do. For example, reading, taking courses on-line or at your local university, cleaning, cooking, handling money wisely, and most importantly spending time with them. It’s important that boys have a positive male as a role model and girls have a positive female as a role model.
Finally, how do you teach your children responsibility? Do you use the same techniques for your sons and daughters? We would love to add your tips to our list. As we know, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other.
Finally, motivate your child with our chore charts. We have ballerina, football, basketball, a princess, princess castle and superman. You can download the charts here. Print them and lets start getting those room cleans, toys put away and everything else on their lists. Check back, I will be adding other charts.