How to Teach Kids Responsibility

Being dependable, honoring commitments, keeping promises, accepting your strengths and struggles, and accepting natural and logical consequences – these are the habits that make us responsible people.
 
When we can use our abilities to respond to the challenges in life, we take control with confidence. When we tell our children to be the best version of themselves, we encourage response-ability. Helping our children to understand that they do have the ability to respond to so many aspects of their young life is truly capacity building and a powerful enabling of personal efficacy.
 
 
Here are 5 responsibility building tips from a mother of eight children:
  • Model it: do your best to be on time, clean up after yourself, do what you say, and say what you do.
  • Assign it gradually: scaffold age-appropriate chores and activities within your family.
  • Let them observe what happens if someone isn’t responsible: strategically stop doing something that they expect you to do just so that they can experience how responsible adults usually are.
  • Play the scenario game: write 10-20 typical scenarios regarding opportunities to be responsible
  • No bail-outs: let your child face the natural and logical consequences of irresponsible behavior.
 
We can also practice responsibility the AACA way:
  • Heart – approach a friend who may be struggling.
  • Mind – work hard to complete assignments with accuracy.
  • Body – tidy the space you trace.
  • Soul – think twice to speak nice.
 
Inspiring Quotes About Responsibility
 
If you mess up, ‘fess up.” – Author Unknown
 
“Never point a finger where you never lent a hand.” – Robert Brault
 
“Quit making excuses. Putting it off. Complaining about it. Dreaming about it. Whining about it. Crying about it. Believing you can’t. Worrying if you can. Waiting until you are older. Make a plan & just do it.” – Nike
 
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