Responsibility: How to Teach Your Child

Responsibility: How to Teach Your Child

How to teach your child? Teaching your child responsibility can be difficult sometimes. One of the best ways to teach your child responsibility and independence is by assigning them. With age-appropriate jobs, such as picking up their toys, making their bed, or folding their laundry.

  • Pick up their toys.
  • Make their bed.
  • Fold their laundry.

Please give them a chore chart. Lists the different responsibilities they will be assigned throughout the week and change it accordingly. Every week as they get older, they can learn new tasks, such as vacuuming, washing dishes, or tidying up the living room.

Let them solve problems as they arise and don’t interfere unless there is an emergency.

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Please Keep Track

Track how many completed chores your child completes each day. Write on a chart for them to see when it’s time to clean up. For bed or after a meal, you can take note of what jobs are difficult for them and which ones they have a better grasp on.

Reward Your Child

Small treats, such as stickers, or more immense rewards like family outings or extra screen time.  Award it when they demonstrate responsibility by completing their tasks on the chart above.

Make sure you praise your child. Thank them for doing a good job whenever they do something that requires them to use some ingenuity or takes a bit of bravery.

Don’t Punish Your Child

If they don’t complete a task on their chart. If they fail to meet all of the tasks on their list, take some time to overlook what they’re doing. Figure out why they’re not doing their chores so you can better approach the situation in the future.

Make responsibility a big part of your child’s life. They will always benefit from becoming more responsible. So show them various ways to be accountable in their daily lives.

Pick Up Their Toys

When you teach your children responsibility by assigning them to age-appropriate jobs, such as picking up their toys, make sure that you’re not just telling them. Showing them a way to accomplish this goal will let them see what it looks like. When they pick up their toys and give directions such as “pick up the toy from the floor with one hand and put it in the basket with the other.” This visually shows your child what is expected of them. It can be a great way to help your child learn how to solve independently.

Make Their Bed

Once your child has learned how to pick up their toys, have them go ahead and put their toys away in the toy box. When they have finished that, show them how to make a make-up bed. Set them loose on making their bed for you to inspect. This is also a great way to teach them about safety measures such as checking under the sheets before getting into bed.

Fold Their Laundry

There are many ways to approach folding your child’s clothes. Once they’ve been stripped down and washed by mom or dad. If you’re looking for some inspiration regarding how to fold clothes when teaching your child responsibility by assigning them to age-appropriate jobs, look here. It shows excellent methods of folding shirts so that they don’t wrinkle up in the closet or worn, along with multiple other types of clothing.

Please Give Them a Chore Chart

Lists the different responsibilities. They will be assigned throughout the week and change it accordingly every week as they get older or learn new tasks, such as vacuuming, washing dishes, or tidying up the living room.

When You Assign Your Child Age-Appropriate Jobs

Including chore charts is crucial to helping your child complete their work. They can quickly become overwhelmed by all of the chores on their job list. Keep it simple at first and have them only focus on a few things per day. As they demonstrate responsibility by completing those items, they add more jobs until they do 5-7 things each day when cleaning up after themselves. 

When you change their chart for the following weekend, make sure you give them a few days to settle in with the new jobs. This will help them feel like they’re part of a team and working towards something instead of being forced to complete 8-10 chores each day on their own.

 

Make Your Bed Every Morning

When it’s time for you to leave for work or school etc. so that they’ll have a model to follow once they’ve completed their night routine (It is imperative that you do this at least 2 days per week as opposed to having unrealistic expectations on how often your child should be completing tasks.)

Allow Enough Time

Give time for your child to complete their jobs before reminding them of what is expected in one way or another, such as putting on music or a timer for them to hear every five minutes until it’s time for them to quit.

Be an Example

By being responsible yourself and exhibiting ways that you’ve assigned age-appropriate jobs in your day. This will help your child become more aware of what is expected from them throughout the day and motivate them to complete their tasks as quickly as possible so that they, too, can be reminded.

To conclude, it’s vital to assign age-appropriate jobs to help your child become more aware of what is expected from them throughout the day and motivate them to complete their own tasks. You can do this by assigning them chores and having them follow a chore chart.

By Rosa Norris

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