Every parent dreams to develop a sense of responsibility and participation in children. They work day and night raising their children with good moral values. However, it is not an easy journey. Parents should know whether their child is ready to take few responsibilities or not?
So, here are a few tips to inculcate the sense of responsibility in children.
- Expect them to help with household daily chores:
There are a number of ways where parents can take help from the children to carry out daily chores at home. Children feel a sense of accomplishment when they help their parents. They learn the importance of cooperation in accomplishing a task.
Small children (2-7 years) can help parents by fetching things for parents like Newspapers from a different room, getting a glass of water and playing with the younger sibling so that parents can relax for a while.
Older children (8-12 years) can help with cooking, cleaning wardrobes, watering plants, getting groceries from the nearby shops etc.
Encourage the children to help elders: There are elderly people at home or in the neighbourhood. Parents take care of the elders at home and sometimes they also meet their elderly neighbours. Therefore, parents must involve the children in such activities. Ask them to sit and talk with the old ones. They can make a get well soon card if someone is not feeling well. This helps children learn kindness and empathy towards other people, especially in old age.
- Take them to family functions and get-togethers:
When going to attend a family function ask your children to participate in the activities like dancing, and preparing food in the host house. This enables them to know others and how to work in groups and teamwork. They also learn about family traditions.
- Tell them about family culture and stories of people in the family:
Children connect themselves with the larger community of the family when they come to know the life stories of their relatives. The children feel good about their own identity. They learn about their culture and traditions and feel connected to a larger community. Gradually they develop a sense of responsibility towards their family members and relatives.
- Read motivational stories of responsible people:
Get a few motivational storybooks of great people. The children can easily learn the importance of responsibility in life through the stories.
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” – Denis Waitley