As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that once your children leave your home, they’re able to be productive and contributing members of society. And while your child can learn some of these skills at school, the biggest place where they can be influenced in this way is in the home. Knowing this, it’s important that you try to find ways to teach your kids the life skills they’ll need to be successful once they’re out on their own. To help with this, here are three ways you can teach your kids responsibility while at home.
Allow Them To Help
The first foray your children are going to have into responsibility is going to be when you allow them to help you with your tasks. Until your child learns what needs to be done and the way it needs to be done, they can’t be very helpful. So to teach them this, you should encourage them to help you with any tasks or chores possible. According to Alonna Friedman, a contributor to Care.com, you should set a good example of a positive attitude about work or chores by not grumbling when it’s time to get things done. Additionally, allow your child to take the time they need and to make mistakes in a safe environment until they can learn to so things on their own.
Build Responsibility Gradually
Once your child can start to take on responsibility on their own, it’s a good idea to build on these tasks gradually. According to Cheryl Butler, a contributor to Quick and Dirty Tips, young children can do things like put their dirty laundry in a hamper, help set the table, and feed any pets. For school-aged children, bathing themselves, cleaning the floors, clearing the table, and picking up in their bedrooms are appropriate responsibilities. And once your children become teenagers, you can help them build more life skills like laundry, yard work, cooking, and taking care of others though babysitting. Everything they learn from these experiences will prove to be very helpful when these responsibilities rest entirely on them.
Create Consequences For Their Choices
A big part of learning responsibility is learning how to handle any consequences that may come from your actions. While it can sometimes be hard for parents to allow their kids to have harsh consequences, this can help them be even more prepared for life outside of your home. According to Dr. Robert Myers, a contributor to the Child Development Institute, you should institute both rewards and consequences for things that are done in your home. This can help them learn all facets of responsibility.
If you’re looking for ways to teach your children about responsibility, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.