Just as we need to teach our children to tie their shoes, read, and write we must also guide them to develop the qualities of character that will make them become good adults. One of the important qualities that we need to teach our children at an early age is “responsibility”, which by simple definition would mean “a state of being accountable for something.”
While it would take a considerable amount of time and patience to teach and make our children understand the concept of responsibility, it is very important that we keep on hammering home this valuable lesson. Just like learning any other new concept or skill, teaching our children responsibility starts out with small, basic tasks that are appropriate for their age.
Like for example, letting preschoolers put their soiled clothes in the hamper or asking them to put their toys away after playing with them; or asking elementary schoolers to fold and put away laundry and help clean the house and prepare meals. These may seem like very simple tasks, but they can do a lot in teaching your child how to be responsible.
One mother shares a wonderful and unique way to enrich your responsibility-teaching sessions with your kids in this post: “Raising Responsible Kids.”