Responsibility is a very important skill that children must learn. It teaches them respect, self-preservation, dedication and how to have pride in themselves. Many parents try to teach responsibility by giving their children chores and punishing them if the chores are not completed. While this may be part of the strategy, it leaves out the important lessons that responsibility should teach.
Having your child do chores with the threat of punishment teaches them that this is something that they have to do to stay out of trouble. Your goal in teaching responsibility should include teaching self-esteem and self-pride. If you teach your child to be proud of what they have accomplished, then the lesson is more likely to stick. Also, they will take this lesson with them into adulthood and parenthood.
Consider how the lessons you teach your child will affect them in the workplace when they are grown. If you have taught them to do the bare minimum to keep out of trouble, then they will only do the bare minimum at their job just to keep from getting fired. If you teach them to be proud of the work that they do and you reward them for doing a good job, then they will want to excel in the workplace. This can create a lifetime of opportunity for them.
Challenging your children is also an important part of teaching responsibility. Raising children that love a challenge can be one of your greatest parenting achievements! Keep chores exciting and add on special bonuses each week to boost enthusiasm about what could be a mundane task. For example, if cleaning the bathroom is part of the chore list, add on extra incentives for cleaning the floor behind the toilet, or wiping down the baseboards. Offer to double the payout for organizing bathroom cabinets, cleaning the toothpaste tube underneath the cap, or disinfecting doorknobs and light switches. Children enjoy special awards and stickers as well as monetary rewards.
Beyond normal chores and reward systems, teach your child that it is more fun to work as a team. Have your children help you fold laundry and make up little poems, songs and dances while you do it. Do not let them in on the fact that you may loathe doing the laundry! Make up folding challenges that can allow your child to earn special children's hangers , such as beaded Glam Hangers or kids Slim-Line Hangers. Teaching your children to want to succeed can have a big impact on their lives.
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