30 Nov Teaching Children responsibilities.
Teaching children the responsibilities of helping around the house should be taught early in life, without a price tag, as they are members of the family who reside beneath the same roof and should contribute willingly and freely.
Responsibility is a broad term which means many different things, including;
• Being dependable, so people know they can count on you,
• Being accountable for one’s behavior,
• Being a contributing member of one’s family.
One of the best (and hardest) ways to engender responsible behavior is to be a good role model with your own possessions –put your car keys where they belong instead of the dining room table, and tidy up your magazines instead of leaving them all over the couch.
Children learn responsibility gradually –much in much the same way they learn to walk and talk. I made it a point to start teaching responsibility when my kids were 2-3 rears old. At this age they learnt some self-care such as brushing teeth, putting their toys away and putting their dirty clothes in the hamper. As your child matures, consider additional ways your child can contribute to the household. Discuss the new duties with them and avoid describing them in ways that seem like a punishment. Instead, you can imply that they require a new level of ability, which your child now possesses.
Basically as kids get older, they can be expected to do many of the things that any adult with do. Here are some Age-Appropriate Responsibilities for children between the ages of 3-6
1. Cleaning up their own messes. (“That’s ok. Get the paper towels off the counter and let’s clean that milk up. We always clean up our own messes.”)
2. What to wear (within the limits of appropriate season, safety, and decency.)
3. Amount of food to eat (You provide the selection. They decide how much.)
4. Getting the food into their mouths. (Unless they ask for your help.)
5. What book to read, even if you’re reading to them.
6. Their own clothes (Choosing them, within your parameters. Maintaining them, by keeping them in reasonably neat piles by category.)
7. Their own rooms (within reasonable neatness parameters. They decide what they want on the walls, within reasonable limits. Parents will need to help them organize their stuff and work with them to clean up.)
If you haven’t started, start now. Your children may not appreciate it now, but they’ll thank you in the future.