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Responsible Child

Responsible Child

Here are 5 sure-fire ways to teach your child to be more responsible, so he grows up into a mature, sensible and reliable adult.

One of the most important things you can teach your child is responsibility. Being responsible is one of the vital qualities which your child should imbibe to be successful in life. Here are five things which you can do to ensure that you are raising a responsible child. 

Involve Child in Household Chores

Ensure that your child is given certain chores to perform. It is easier to get children to help out at home if they have a say in the chores that are delegated to them so let them have a choice at every step. For example, if you want your child to either mow the lawn or paint the fence, let them decide what they would like to do.

It is very possible that you have a maid at home and don't really need help around the house, but even so, make sure your child performs certain tasks like cleaning up after himself. After playing with his toys, let him put them back into the shelf or cupboard himself. Similarly, when his clothes come back after a wash, he should be encouraged to place his clothes back into the cupboard, or he may never get into the habit.

When 32-year-old Vivek went to visit relatives, they were appalled when they saw the bedroom they had given him. His clothes were strewn all over the bed, and his suitcase was lying open, with everything in a mess. Yes, Vivek was a wealthy man, and he had many servants back home who would rush to pick up his clothes the minute he got out of them, but when such service is not available he should be able to clean up by himself. Needless to say, he left a very bad impression with his relatives.

Provide Pocket Money

If you don't give your school-going child pocket money, it is time you start. The amount you give him need not be a lot - even a few rupees every week or every month will let him buy a few treats for himself. If he wants to buy something a little more expensive, like a bicycle, encourage him to save up for it. This will help him be more responsible in money matters. Once you give a child pocket money, don't randomly hand out more money whenever he needs it. Make sure the amount you give him is reasonable so you don't feel like you need to give him any more, and keep increasing the sum as he grows older. When your child is in high school, he will need more money to fund his lunches, dinners and movies - so take this into consideration when fixing an amount.

Encourage Child to Help Sibling

If you child has a sibling, you must encourage him or her to help his or her sibling with homework or any other school work. Also encourage your children to do all the chores together and teach them to wait for each other when they have to go somewhere or do something. In this way your children will learn to care for each other and it will also help to strengthen the bonding between them.

Teach to Put Back Things in Their Places

When your child is done with studies or playing remind him or her to put his or her toys, books or other things which he or she was using back to their respective places. Always remind your child and he or she will get into a habit of to putting things back in their places on his or her own. In this way your child will also learn to take care of his or her toys, books and other things that he or she owns.

Get a Pet

If your child wants a pet, consider getting it for him. Taking care of a pet will definitely inculcate a sense of responsibility in your child. Dogs tend to be favoured pets, but if you want something smaller, you could consider getting fish. (Keeping birds caged may not be such a good idea). If you keep a pet, give your child certain responsibilities with regard to the pet. Your child should have the responsibility of taking the dog out for a walk a few times a day or of feeding it. If your child has a small dog that follows him around everywhere, making your child responsible for the dog would be easier than if you had a large, family dog, so take this factor into consideration when going in for a pet. Also, let your child have a say in what pet you want to buy.

You should make sure that you always encourage your child to practice things which can help him or her to be a responsible child. Being responsible is one of the important traits of a successful individual. At the same time being responsible will also be helpful for the child in many other ways in the long run. Therefore, make sure that you be consistent while cultivating a sense of responsibility in your child.

How to inculcate a sense of responsibility in a child? How does being responsible help children? Which practices can help children to be responsible? Discuss here.

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Payal.5 years ago
Made for an intersting read! Wonderful insights and tips for parents. Really liked the article.
Vishesh.7 years ago
my child has made a wild crow his pet. He feeds every morning before leaving for Orchids.
Payal.7 years ago
I reward my kid if she does something useful in a week. May be ice cream or take a stroll in the nearby park. She seems to be enjoying more with this reward system that I follow religiously. Good article!
Tanya.11 years ago
nice tips. but i think that it would help more, if kids were involved more often in something which requires responsibilities and something that is different from daily routines, like if you've got a function or an event at home. this gives them hands on experience and understanding about the situations while they have fun at the same time.
Mona.11 years ago
good tips .. practical too. please advice by what age or class pocket money should be started..
concerned mother
concerned mother.11 years ago
how to keep a watch on the child and ascertain that he is spending the pocket money without harming himself, if he is secretive by nature? is that not ok if we assure the child that we are ready to fulfill your needs whenever a demand arise?
Jayasree.11 years ago
these tips are really very good that can be followed in a practical life of a child. these must be followed by each and every parents so that they can bring up their child as responsible one and also developing good qualities.
Bhupender.11 years ago
not easy as that really. pocket money vanishes in a jiffy and we end up paying for stationery and everything else. they never put back the things they scattered and again we end up reminding and fuming up. chores are taken up so reluctantly and with so much of sibling rivalry that we feel we better leave them alone.
??.11 years ago
print something new man. how many times u r going to put up this as new article?? pls pls pls give far more practical tips...these never work for all kids...only a small section of kids. i found this very very stupid.
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