October Character Trait is Responsibility
We want to teach our children about responsibility and one way to do this is to allow them to make choices, and let them know that they must accept the outcomes. From an early age, expect them to make regular, tangible contributions to the family. That means they don’t get paid for it. And it means letting our children take responsibility for their own actions.
“If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” Abigail Van Buren
Ideas for building the responsibility muscle at home….:
· Establish a work hard play hard house rule
· Be a role model. Let your children see you being accountable, organized, prepared and on time
· Volunteer together. Community service increase social responsibility and a sense of personal competence
· Use a shopping trip as a way to teach a lesson in financial responsibility, e.g. Bring a calculator and have your child add up their desired items. How much allowance money will it take? The goal is to help them appreciate the cost and learn the value of a dollar
· Create an action plan for ways your family can be more environmentally responsible, e.g. recycle more, turn off lights, carpool, limit water use…
Building Character….There’s no place like home!