Parents want children to be considerate towards others, follow safety rules, help around in household chores and keep their room tidy and do their homework on time.
When children don’t act responsibly parents get annoyed and frustrated.
Responsibility comes with Conscience, Alertness, Maturity, Thoughtfulness, Generosity, Common Sense, Empathy, Reason, Competence and Motivation.
Follow these Simple and Effective Rules to help children learn being Responsible.
1. GOOD ROLE MODELS – Children need good role models to set standards they can follow. Hang the towel to dry after bath and soon your child will follow. Place your footwear on the racks after removing and your kid will imitate you.
2. PLACE REMINDERS – Children need reminders to clean, wind up toys, complete their homework, wash hands after playing, avoid wiping their sweat on their sleeves, put away dishes after meals, cap the toothpaste after use and many more similar incidences happening throughout the day. Place Reminders near the washbasin like ” Remember to wash hands after playing “. Place a Reminder on the Dressing Door like ” Time to change to nightwear “. Rather than getting continuous instructions, your child will feel much calmer seeing a sweet reminder. Your child will be less pressurised, more motivated and the job will be done.
3. INVOLVE THEM – Let your kid be a part of your tasks by helping you around. Separating Vegetables, Packing bags for a holiday, Washing the Car, Booking a table for dinner at the Restaurant, Peeling Carrots, Setting the table for Dinner are simple tasks to keep them motivated to doing things along with you.
4. TRADE TASKS – To let your child become more cooperative and involved, trade tasks with them. Occasionally you clean his room and ask him to water the pots. Let your child clear the table after dinner and you can in return clean up his desk. He will soon be happy to do jobs efficiently.
You will see a change and progress in your child if you patiently reinforce responsible behaviour at home.