Teaching Children Responsibility

We all want our children to grow up to be responsible adults. We want them to feel, think, and act with respect for themselves and for others. To do this, children need lots of help from parents. Learning to be responsible includes learning to:

  • show respect and compassion for others,
  • practice honesty,
  • show courage by standing up for what we believe,
  • develop self-control out of consideration for others,
  • maintain self-respect.

Here are some things you can do at home:

  • Watch for the chance to teach your children responsible behavior through everyday situations. Share your moral and religious values with them.
  • Show compassion and concern when others are suffering.
  • Read stories together that teach lessons: the courage of David standing up to Goliath, or the value of persistence from “The Little Engine That Could.”
  • Talk about complicated decisions. Help children understand how the choices they make will affect them and others.
  • Visit with teachers to discuss ways parents and the school can reinforce the same lessons about good character.
  • Talk with other parents and agree on acceptable behavior for children’s play and parties. Take turns supervising to show that all the parents agree on the standards of behavior.