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Keys to Raising a Responsible Child

Aug 30, 2008
It is very important that a child learns responsibility on an early age. When the child learns to be responsible it means he will know how to respect oneself and another, self-preservation, dedication and to have pride for themselves. By giving the child chores and, if the child doesn't complete these chores, punishment, most parents think this the way to teach a child responsibility, which is not.

Using chores and punishment as a lesson, only teaches the child to learn to stay out of trouble and avoid punishment. The deeper value of the lesson in responisbility is muddled. The goal here is to teach responsibility, which begets self esteem and self pride. If you simply punish for chores remaining undone, you will not reach this ultimate goal. Teaching your child to take pride in his achievement will prove the lesson successful. These lessons will carry through the child's life well into adulthood, providing a firm foundation for his own children.

What you teach your children will often be seen in they adult lives, especially at work. If they have learned to stya out of trouble, this is the pattern they will follow at work. Never aiming higher, just staying low, will be enough for them. if you teach them self pride and reward them for doing a good job, they will seek out more in life.

Challenging your child is also very important. Continue to add special bonuses to chore lists. This will encourage enthusiasm for an otherwise dull task. If taking trash out is one of the child's chores, add a positive motivation to doing a little extra, such as sweeping debris from the drive, or cleaning the garage door. Doubling the pay for cleaning the garage or bathroom is another option. Make sure they clean all parts of the area, this teaches a lesson as well.

Many children enjoy special treats of things they really want (new bike, football, etc), cash and stickers. utilizing a reward system in regards to chores is a fantastic way to instil responsibility in your child, but dont' forget teamwork. This is important as well as fun for the child. A good example would be letting them help with folding laundry or bed making, while doing these things, sing or dance. Race each other while performing these tasks. Teaching children to want to succeed is essential to their lives.
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