Looking for a way to teach children responsibility? Look no further, for the best lessons can be taught right at home.
The ultimate goal of parenting is to raise children who grow into adults, capable of handling their own lives. To accomplish this, it is crucial to instil a sense of responsibility in kids when they’re young, as that would help them create an attitude that will carry over. But before diving into the responsibility pool, let’s talk about the basics. Can responsibility be taught, or is it something that comes naturally to a child as they grow?
According to Child Psychologist Karin Goh from The Centre for Psychology, responsibility is nurtured in an individual and can therefore be taught and learned. While there is no ideal or correct age of when parents should teach responsibility to the kiddos, they should be given the space to learn and acquire this skill gradually. Raising responsible children teaches them decision-making, gives them an understanding of consequences and the value of accountability for their own choices. These are constantly used right through adulthood, both at work and personal lives, adds Karin.
Here are six ways to nurture the sense of responsibility in your children at home!
- Practise what you preach by setting good examples! Show your kids how to be responsible and not just by asking them to be responsible. Your child will learn through watching what you do. If a child sees that their parents are cleaning up after themselves, they are more likely to do so.
- Encourage independence and support their decisions. These can help to foster responsibility in children.
- Children also respond well to stories. Sharing a story about responsibilities can make the concept of responsibilities relatable and understandable for children.
- Give kids an opportunity to take care of their own needs by assigning responsibilities progressively. And for young children, it is important to reinforce – be it by verbal praise or even a smile when they start to demonstrate or show initiative to take appropriate actions.
- Apart from the basic household chores, some of the other things you can do to mould the kids is to allow them to make choices on heir own to teach them accountability. However, bear in mind that they should not be given unlimited choices.
- You should be open to accepting their mistakes and room for improvement. You can also teach your child to be responsible by letting them manage a reasonable amount of money on their own.
Truth be told, raising responsible children is definitely challenging, but it should also be one of your highest priorities and you will need to work on it every day. If the going gets tough, just remember what Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”