Teaching Young Children Responsibility
Girls and Boys Town offers the following tips for teaching children responsibility: (www.parenting.org)
- Be aware – Know whether your child is developmentally ready to do the task.
- Show and tell – Talk to your child, and show him or her how to do what is expected.
- Be consistent but flexible –Remember: it is your child’s job, not yours, even when you help.
- Show encouragement – Praise your child for attempts, improvements and completion of tasks.
- Break tasks into manageable pieces – Separate a large task into smaller parts based on your child’s ability.
- Be patient – You may have to redo parts of the job until your child gets better at it. However, do not let your child see you redo something he/she has already done!
Reprinted with the permission of the Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.
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