For any parent, teaching your child how to be responsible is bound to be
a priority. Here at Tutor Doctor we believe the best lessons can be taught
in the comfort of your own home. That’s why we’ve come up
with some easy ways to help encourage your child to take responsibility
and learn the importance of accountability.
Allow them to make their own decisions
A really easy way to help your child take responsibility is by allowing
them make some of their own choices. This will also help them gain independence
and build confidence in their own decision-making.
Give your child some responsibility around the house. Chores and small
tasks might not seem like fun to them, however it’s a fantastic
way to teach them that they can’t always depend on you and have
to take responsibility themselves.
Give them independence
Giving your child some independence will encourage them to take responsibility
without them even realising it. Start by letting them manage small parts
of their morning routine. Tasks like getting dressed, making their own
breakfast and waking up on time is certainly a great way to learn. Before
you know it, they will be breezing through their morning routine and might
even make breakfast for you!
Avoid lecturing your child if they aren’t being as responsible as
you’d hoped or don’t handle a situation how you would like.
Even though this might be your first instinct, always guide them and talk
through a situation instead. Ask questions, encourage them to think about
it and how they can act differently in the future. Supporting them is
the key in helping them realise where they have gone wrong or lacked in
Lead by example
Kids learn by example, which is why it’s crucial that you set a
good one. Take your own responsibilities seriously such as being on time,
working hard and keeping your promises. Your kids are bound to soon follow
in your footsteps.
Find books with great morals
Sometimes just finding a great book that illustrates responsibility is
the best way to teach your child. Interesting characters and gripping
storylines will grab their attention and they will often identify with
them. The best thing about reading is that kids wont feel as though they
are being nagged at or lectured and will learn responsibility themselves
in their own time and own way.
Show them the bigger picture
Always remember that your end goal is for your child to act responsible
because they want to, not because they are being told to. Explain how
much they are helping you out, and how their positive input is valued
and appreciated. Explaining to them how their actions affect others will
encourage them to want to be a responsible in all aspects of life.
Finally don’t forget..
Teaching your child responsibility helps build their character and also
makes them a more independent and reliable person. Teaching it now will
build great foundations for the rest of their life and go hand in hand
as your child’s responsibilities evolve as they grow. Finally, don’t
forget to encourage your child and let them know when they are doing a