Tips To Teach Children Responsibility
Teaching a child to be responsible is an everyday affair! In my opinion, when an adult is a positive role model allows a child to visually experience different qualities in a person. Being a responsible person has so many levels! With constant engagement, constant conversations, along with activities and lessons, a child is bound to internalize the topic at hand. Responsible Rabbit has a few basic tips to help teach a child what it means to be responsible:
1. Allow a child to make choices, choose to happy or choose to be sad. Do they know the difference? When teaching preschool, I started out the morning showing a Popsicle stick with the child's name on it, they would identify their name and come up to share with the class if they were happy or sad and then place it in a cup that said either HAPPY or SAD. Often, I asked what makes you sad today, or happy today? This was a feat in itself! But, it worked, I knew what kind of mindset the child was in to start our day and allowed me to become aware of their attitude, while they figured it out. Believe me, most of them said, 'sad' put it in the happy cup with a smile and a conversation was made and engagement started out the day. Here, the child made a choice of their own attitude for the day!
2. Teaching a child to be aware of the choices they make is important. This allows them to feel, how it feels when you make a good choice, and what it feels like when you make a poor choice. Remember, redirect a child when a poor choice is made and empower them in the good feeling of making a good choice. This way they will want to continue to make good choices in their daily routine. For example, when you sit with a friend who does not listen to the speaker, the odds are the child will engage with the friend, we all know that doesn't go well! Or, when you don't follow the instructions, you may need to start over with the project at the beginning. Little things mean a lot.
3. Teaching a child to be kind and considerate helps with their conversations and their daily language. Choosing to use kindness goes a long way. If a child us bullying or has nothing nice to say to another person, it is heard, it is pointed out, feelings are hurt and a conversation about being kind is on the forefront. Choose your words.
4. Teaching a child that they are responsible for their belongings is another important task. Is your parent responsible to do your homework, or for that matter, to put it in your backpack? No, the answer is no. While a parent can certainly work with the child on homework, this is great engagement and helps build esteem, a conversation and knowledge to what your child is working on. However, after it is completed, should it sit on the desk or table? No, direct the child to put it into their homework folder or backpack to be brought back to school. Soon this will become habit and you now showed your child how to be responsible for their school work.
4. What happens when a child is not responsible? When they are not responsible for a task, there are consequences. This is where the feelings come in play. When you don't bring your homework back to school you may receive a note from the teacher. When your child is not using kind words or actions, you most likely will hear about it and discuss this with your child. Use your discretion as to consequences, time out, lost use of a favorite video, etc. nothing to dramatic, just make sure you make your point that whatever the task was that neglected is acknowledged and gets redirected to help make better choices. When a child knows the difference between good choices and poor choices, they will want to try harder to make the better choice.
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Teaching a child to be responsible at an early age is important, however, when we teach a child through engagement truly enriches the choices that they make. I myself am a hands on learner. With some topics you can talk to me until you're blue in the face, and unless I get my hands dirty in the project, I will struggle to understand the outcome. We hope the video will help you to reinforce and engage your child to be responsible in their choices on financial responsibility. Be sure to learn more about Responsible Rabbit. Make a Paper Bag Puppet of Responsible Rabbit and watch on Youtube. Read the story Let's Be Responsible
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.