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How to Cultivate a Sense of Responsibility in Children

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Who wouldn’t want to give their child something unique, non-transferable and invaluable?

Begin by cultivating the responsibility that will help your child become a competent and independent person with ambitious goals in their life:

  1. Teach your child what responsibility means and the various types that exist:
  • With themselves. They are the protagonist in their own life and should be going their own way and leaving others aside, being responsible for their own actions, decisions, choices, and consequences.
  • With their projects. The need to be independent and take initiative learning to plan, order and distribute time and responsibility of their own material.
  • With society. To always be responsible for your actions and the repercussions they have on others.
  1. Discover the values that hide behind it:
  • The consistency. Learn to overcome any difficulties.
  • The autonomy. Increase their independence little by little with confidence.
  • The commitment. Accept and uphold their word.
  • The decision making. Choosing one of many paths and taking responsibility for their choice.
  • The self demand. Knowing their potential, accepting and learning from the mistakes as part of the process.
  1. Join them on their journey:
  • Support them in their decision making and commend every achievement.
  • Share time with them to reflect on their actions.
  • Establish schedules, rules and limits.
  • Together with your child create short term goals that depend entirely on them.
  • Teach them self control strategies.
  • Instill value, respect and independence towards themselves and others.
  1. Get to work!

Until the age of 6 :

  • Help with simple household chores: Set and clear the table, put your toys away, etc.
  • Promote their own self-care: Brush their teeth, eat and get dressed by themselves, go to the bathroom, etc.

Until the age of 12:

  • Make them responsible for their school material: Packing their backpack, writing homework in their agenda, doing their homework, etc.
  • Household chores like doing small errands, taking out the trash, cleaning their room, etc.
  • Promote habits for life: Going to bed at a reasonable hour, maintaining a healthy diet, etc.
  • Learn to be assertive.

From the age of 12:

  • Let them be the one to organize their leisure and free time.
  • Learn to save.
  • Make small purchases.
  • Carry house keys.
  • They can set their own alarm clock.

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