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Early Lessons on Responsibility

Most parents would like their children to grow up as responsible and productive members of society. Becoming achievers or excelling in their chosen fields is simply an added bonus that makes parents proud.  One way to achieve this is to introduce the children to the value of responsibility early on.  There are ways to teach kids about the responsibility without it being burdensome for them.  One is to teach them how to care for their toys and books, and another is to get them their own pets.

Teaching the kids to be responsible for their things can start at toddlerhood.  Parents can start inculcating the habit of putting away toys and books to their proper places after play.  As they grow older, kids can be taught about proper handling of toys and how to deal with the consequences of breaking or losing their things. 

Getting a pet for older kids is also a good way to learn about responsibility.  Taking care of a pet is a major responsibility for children. Of course the parents should still provide for pet needs like food, bed for pet, litter box and other pet necessities but it is up to the kids to make sure that their pets get fed on time or given baths and exercises on a regular basis.

These early lessons on responsibility should be given with the love, support, and guidance of parents so that kids can appreciate its value and benefit from it as they grow older.

14 comments found

  1. this post is awesome. i have been trying lately to teach my daughter that when she is done with her toys to put them away before she takes something else out. i think its working lol..

  2. I totally agree. Every parent in the world should read this post so that the next generation won’t be fully made up of spoiled brats. Being responsible is a mandatory part to becoming a positive contributor to society as a whole. This should definitely be taught at the earliest stage possible. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I find that using a chore chart, or a routine chart, really helps with this. It makes things more predictable, and it gives me something to fall back on when my daughter doesn’t want to do something. “Honey, *I* don’t mind, but, see? It’s on the chart, so it’s the *rules*.” 😉

  4. It would be wonderful if it was this simple. I taught for years. Most of the children I taught lived with grandparents, cousins, or where ever. Responsibility was not taught at all. All that was on these children s minds was survival. Sometimes you could see a spark of hope, sometimes not. They were responsible enough to get themselves to school. Clean-no. Supplies-no. Anyone to love them-only the teacher.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this wonderful post! My children are grown and starting families of their own now. Many times while they were growning up I received comments of how I must be very strict with my children to have them take care of toys, books, etc. so easily. In no way did it have anything to do with being strict! We worked/played together as a family and the incentive of taking care of things was a “natural” in daily tasks. I believe that teaching responsibility at an early age will also pass onto their social behavior.

  6. I agree with your article 100 percent. I like the idea of the chart to help teach responsibility. Something as simple as putting a star on the chart will provide the needed incentive for a child to achieve a particular goal whether it is putting away a toy, or other miscellaneous chore. My husband is a firm believer in upkeep of your possessions. This means polishing your shoes on a regular basis, etc. Now, of course, this chore would probably be reserved for older children, but the idea is there. If a toddler is taught to clean and put away his toys after playing, he most likely will follow through on this process for the remainder of his life.

  7. I love that you have this topic here. My son is 19 now, but when he was young I taught him to take care of his things. He loved to read, so I would get him books and not cheap ones. He knew that if he didn’t take care of them and put them on the shelf where they belonged I would buy no more!

  8. It is hard sometimes to teach children to have responsibility for and to take care of their possessions, as well as other people’s. I was explaining to a 6 year old how she needed to treat books with respect, not bending or ripping pages, handling them carefully, etc.. It was hard for her, but she caught on!

  9. This is so true and I am going threw teaching my grandchildren these same responsibilities I taught their parents. Our children learn what they live and they will thank us for it one day as I did with my parents and my children did with me.

  10. That’s so true! I have a nephew who is turning 11 this year. I gave him a puppy because our dog gave birth 2 months ago. He really love his puppy and he makes sure to feed and bath it. I have observed that he definitely became responsible and caring too! It’s a subtle way of teaching kids to be responsible at an early age.

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