This month we will focus on the powerful word, “responsibility.”
Responsible people get things done. They are Reliable, Accountable, and Dependable (R.A.D.). We all want our children to be the kind of people who exercise responsible habits, initiate responsible behavior (even when nobody is looking) and demonstrate responsible choices. When we teach children to show responsibility, we are setting the foundation for a responsible lifestyle throughout their childhood and adulthood.
We also want students to realize that responsible people go above and beyond. They don’t just do the jobs, chores, and requirements to which they committed but they also do what needs to get done even when it’s not “their job.” In a nutshell; responsible people respond when they see a need.
A study conducted this year by the Pew Research Center showed that 94% of the 815 parents surveyed say it is important to teach children responsibility regardless of parental ideology or child’s age. In particular, whether they have preschool-aged children, elementary-aged children or teenagers in the home, parents agree that the most important traits to teach children are responsibility and hard work. Other traits that parents felt were important for their children to learn were helpfulness and good manners.
Research also tells us that when children and teens gain a sense of responsibility towards others, it can help to maintain lower rates of substance abuse. Being responsible can have protective factors!
Responsibility is a crucial quality of a leader. Leaders set the standard and when leaders show responsibility, it is more likely that others will do the same. Whether we are talking about taking care of “things,” showing up on time, following through with promises or being accountable for our choices, a leader’s actions can make a big difference.
One of the best ways to teach responsibility is to demonstrate it to our children. Talk about your personal or professional responsibilities while pointing them out as you do them, if possible. Whether you are following through with a commitment or being accountable for a mistake, your children learn from watching you in action.
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