How to Teach Your Child to Be Responsible
While there are many things that teachers can help children learn in school, the best lessons are learned from home and taught by parents. Discipline, manners and responsibility are only a few things that are expected to be taught by the parents to their children.
If you want to teach your child how to become responsible, know that this will be a challenge. However, as long as you start early and teach your child while he’s still young, you can expect him to learn and apply this in his life even in the future. Children are like sponges. They can learn things so quickly and absorb all the information being fed to them.
The first thing you should realize is that everything starts with you – you must be a good role model for your child. Your example will be seen and followed. Children will see how you handle things, how you complete your chores on time and how you make sure that all your responsibilities are handled well.
With that being said, here are more ways to teach your child how to become a responsible individual.
Talk to Your Child Like an Adult
Stop babying you child if he is no longer a baby. Talk to him like you would to an adult – but with extra precaution though. You want to let your child feel your love and care and that you’re there for him if he needs you. Your child will understand what you’re trying to say.
Don’t underestimate his knowledge – unless of course if you still have a toddler. Tell him what responsibility is and why he should come off his iPad and become responsible. Tell him the importance of being a responsible individual so that he will understand why he has to follow you.
Assign Tasks and Chores to Your Child
Simple chores such as setting the table or bringing out the trash can easily be handled by a child. If you’re baking during the weekend, you can let your child help you out with the ingredients and even operating the mixer. If you have a simple to use stand mixer, then you can ask you child to press the buttons for you to make it work. Show him that he is needed and make him feel it by keeping him involved in the things you do. After he’s helped you with the baking, make sure he helps clean up too.
Offer Rewards for a Job Well Done
Show your child and tell him that you appreciate each time he fulfills his responsibilities. Offer a reward for each job he completes successfully. For example, if he was responsible enough not to forget that he’s supposed to bring his used plate to the kitchen sink after eating and he did this consistently for an entire week, offer special desserts during the weekend. If he was responsible enough to take out the trash for an entire month, then offer to play a game or watch a movie with him.
Kids need to be responsible and be taught responsibility at a young age. If you train them as early as now, you will surely be worry-free as they grow up to become responsible and well-mannered individuals.