Keys to Raising a Responsible Child

by Calvin Sorren

A child needs to learn responsibility at a young age. By learning to be responsible, a child learns respect for themselves as well as others, self preservation, dedication and to be proud of themselves. Many parents think teaching your child responsibility is best done by assigning chores, and following through with punishment when chores are not completed. This is not true.

Children learn to complete the chores, only to stay out of trouble. The child will not learn the deeper value of the lesson. Your goal is teaching responsibility, this include self-esteem and pride for oneself. You will not reach this goal only by punishing your child when he doesn’t complete the tasks/chores. Teach your child to be proud of what they have achieved and the lessons are successful. These lessons will play a role in your child’s whole further adult life and ultimately he will be teaching the lessons to his children.

Lessons children learn often reflect their behavior as professional adults. if the child has learned to simply stay out of trouble, then this will be the behavior he displays at work. Staying under the radar and never setting hig goals will be contentment for him. By teaching him to be proud of their achievements, and rewarding them for jobs well done, will encourage the child to yearn for more in their professional life. When taught correctly, your child will have a lifetime of opportunity.

Challenging your child is also very important. Continue to add special bonuses to chore lists. This will encourage enthusiasm for an otherwise dull task. If taking trash out is one of the child’s chores, add a positive motivation to doing a little extra, such as sweeping debris from the drive, or cleaning the garage door. Doubling the pay for cleaning the garage or bathroom is another option. Make sure they clean all parts of the area, this teaches a lesson as well.

Children love special things as rewards. Especially things they have been wanting, like a toy or sports equipment, cash, even stickers. These type of reward systems are good for teaching responsibility, but don’t forget to incorporate teamwork into the lesson. While folding laundry or making the bed, hold a race, make it a competition. These lessons will create a desire for success in them.

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