Teaching responsibility to your kids isn’t always an easy task and letting go of your own personal control over every situation they take on isn’t either. Many parents avoid letting their children help with daily tasks and events because they feel they will do it much better than their child. This cuts off the child from learning to trust in their capabilities and limits confidence and growth.
It is extremely important to teach kids how to be responsible when they are young so they will eventually grow into responsible teenagers and then adults. There are a variety of ways that you can start teaching responsibility to your kids so they can turn into confident, sensible and reliable adults one day.
Give Them Something To Take Care Of
Whether it is a plant, a goldfish or a new puppy, give your kids something to take care of and to be responsible for. While you probably won’t want your 7 year old grooming the dog and doing poop patrol in the backyard, you can give them little jobs that they are responsible for like filling the dog’s bowl with water, feeding the goldfish the required amount or watering the plants.
Teach Them To Earn Their Pocket Money
Selling lemonade to the local neighborhood, mowing the neighbor’s lawn or shoveling the snow-filled driveway are all excellent ways to teach your child about money responsibility. Encourage them to do any of these chores or activities to make money. You can provide them with a piggy bank or savings jar and teach them to put a little of their earnings away each time. Teach them the value of money by allowing them to earn it and work for it rather than just handing them an allowance every week or month.
Let Them Babysit Your Younger Children
This may not be for every family but it can teach a lot of responsibility to a child. Allow your child to babysit his or her younger siblings with you supervising nearby. If your child has reached the age of 11 or 12, you can probably allow them to watch their younger siblings in another room separate from you. Teach them the importance of caring for another human being. This takes great responsibility on their behalf; can create a strong level of trust within the family; and can build confidence in your kids.
You will have to let go of some control when allowing your kid to babysit your other children, letting your kids do grown up chores and taking care of the fish and plants. While it won’t be easy, it can help your kids learn responsibility early, trust in their own abilities and gain overall confidence.