Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a responsible and productive adult who is capable of contributing to society. However, developing these traits into children is not always easy, and the methods for doing so aren’t always apparent. So how should you go about fostering positive characteristics like discipline into your little ones? Keep reading for a few of our tips on teaching kids responsibility.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

One of the best methods for teaching kids responsibility is to invite them into your world. Try to include your child in your household chores or duties even if it might take longer to complete them. By allowing them to help, you are not only demonstrating to them the physical aspects of being responsible, but you are teaching them how to do the tasks. It is ideal to start having them assist you when they are young for a few reasons. First, when children are young, they want to help and, secondly, kids tend to absorb and retain considerably more information when they are young. Take into account their age and skillset so you can play to their strengths but don’t be afraid to challenge. Otherwise, they may begin to think responsibility is only about the things they do well.

Power of Positive Thinking

When it comes to teaching kids responsibility, they will learn an enormous amount from just observing you. As a result, it pays significant dividends to maintain a positive attitude when it comes to chores, housework, or other family responsibilities. If you don’t want your kids to grumble and complain about doing their chores, picking up after themselves, or watching a younger sibling, be sure that you aren’t doing those same things when it comes to your responsibilities. Keep in mind, that your child’s attitude is often (but not always) a direct reflection of your leadership as a parent so be sure you’re setting a good example.

Enforce the Rules

Being consistent in enforcing the rules may be one of the most critical aspects of teaching kids responsibility. You set up the rules for a reason, and it is necessary for your children to understand that their actions have consequences. Consistency when it comes to the rules reinforces the idea that there are repercussions in life for skipping out on responsibilities. For instance, if your kids are supposed to clean up the playroom when they are done, but they leave some of them out, you may consider taking those toys away for a set period. However, it is equally important to encourage your kids when they do well.

For additional tips on teaching responsibility, check out some of the links below.

http://www.parents.com/kids/responsibility/teaching/the-chore-challenge/

https://www.care.com/c/stories/5219/9-tips-for-teaching-kids-responsibility/

http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Web/2011/teaching-kids-personal-responsibility.aspx

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/character/responsibility