Activities That Can Teach Kids Responsibility

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.”

Teach Your Child Responsibility When It Comes to Electronics

Chances are your child probably asked for some sort of electronic gift this Christmas. Between the new iPhone 5, mini iPad, or all the gaming consoles around today your kid is bound to desire one of them. Technology is now an integral part of our society, and most parents wouldn’t hesitate to give the newest technology to their children. I am not saying that they should, but I am saying that there should be distinct and clear limitations on how often they use the technology.

A post I read on She Knows Parenting titled, “Gardget-Gifting Gone Bad” talks about the dangers of giving your child the electronic devices they so strongly desire. While these gifts are all, admittedly, really cool children can become obsessed with these things. This can cut into things like their grades and development of a social life (friends). So just make sure to set a limit of these sort of things if you’re getting your kid the newest technology this Christmas. Set an example and show them how responsibly use technology. If your face is constantly buried in your iPhone, chances are theirs will be too.

Is It Better to Be a Parent at an Older Age?

Parents are becoming older than they used to be. Studies are showing that the average age of parents has risen recently. There are clear positives and negatives to this trend that I want to get into. Having older parents can mean more experienced parents. Older people (typically) are more financially stable, more patient, and have likely thought the decision to have kids through for many years. They also have probably been living in one spot for an extended period of time. The negatives to older parents have been coming up in studies lately. There have been developmental disorders with children born to older mothers. Older parents also means an increased risk that they might die in their child’s early years.

Overall, I think that having older parents is better. They are more responsible and stable individuals. To read more about this discussion check out a story titled, “The Case Against Older Parenting”.

Do you think it is a good thing that the average age of parents has gotten older?

Parenting Tip: The Benefits of Organizing Your Family

As a parent most of your day likely consists of 8 or so hours of work. This leaves you with limited time to do important things like feeding your kids, cleaning the house, exercising, and having a little relaxation time. This is why it is crucial to keep your family organized. If your family is organized and working as a team, much more will be accomplished and daily life will be a lot easier. If your children are old enough to take on some responsibility you can delegate some simple tasks to them. If your children can do their own laundry it could potentially save you a really nice amount of time. Also it teaches them responsibility because if they don’t have their favorite shirt to wear to school, it is their own fault for not cleaning it. Laundry is a big deal, but even simple stuff like putting dirty dishes into the dishwasher instead of leaving them in the sink can make a difference.

A post “3 Tips for Balancing Family and Work” gave me the idea for this post. They talked about ways to make your family more organized. They suggested a weekly family meeting where you create a schedule for the week. I thought that idea could be really useful too.

Getting a Family Pet: How to Make the Big Decision

If you have kids you have without a doubt been asked the question, “Can we get a puppy/kitten?” before. Kids love pets and let’s be honest most parents do as well. What parents do not like is an additional responsibility to add into their already hectic and busy life. Pets require a certain amount of effort and care no matter which kind of animal you decide to choose. I think that if your children are old enough, you can take this opportunity to teach them about responsibility. If done correctly, getting a pet can be a win-win situation for your family. Kids love pets as we have discussed, so if you give them what they love it comes with a price. Make clear that you will teach them how the pet will be taken care of and what you expect them to do. Divide up responsibilities and allow your kids to learn about the work it takes to keep a pet at home.

I found a post on Parent Palace recently titled, “Family Pets: To Go or Not Go There?” that discussed the pro’s and con’s of getting a family pet. If you are interested in getting a family pet check out Julie’s post about this topic. I felt like some of her reasons on both sides could be issues and feelings of other families as well.