Every parent wants to raise a child who transforms into a responsible adult. Not every parent eventually manages to raise such responsible kids and it usually lies in what parents do or fail to do in their attempt to raise such kids. Many kids these days live a life of entitlement and very little in terms of duties is required of them at home.
Giving tasks to your children could be one way of ensuring you are instilling responsibility in them. For most parents who are perfectionists, they will prefer to do the task themselves instead of waiting to assess and correct the mistakes of their children. Sometimes you will accept half-hearted efforts because maybe the kids gave it a try which isn’t wrong but when it becomes a trend, it should be rectified. It’s not always that you should solve your kid’s problems, give them some freedom to try and solve it. The very simple and underestimated tasks like keeping toys at a certain location after use could be the key to teaching responsibility to even toddlers.
Just like in other goals, planning on how to do your job as a parent cannot be underestimated. Communication with your child is vital as you will also help them learn how to communicate and its importance. One way to engage your kids actively in problem solving is allowing them to suggest a possible solution instead of giving orders all the time or trying to solve it for them. When forced to be grateful, maybe to say thanks, a child will not mean it but if they are taught with love the importance of being grateful, they might be responsible in their interactions with others. Ensure you don’t utter the word irresponsible to your children even at disappointing moments as they might take it on. Teaching your kids to write a schedule is important as they will learn how to manage time and commitments early enough.
An effort to make your children learn how to accept their mistakes instead of trying to accuse someone else could go a long way. Honesty is key to responsibility and therefore you should team them to be honest so that they can be people who are dependable. You love for your children should be evident so that they will be encouraged and be sure they have someone they can count on. Teach your children how to love themselves as this will be a very important skill in life.