Yes, although sometimes it may not seem like it, your children can also learn to be responsible, they just need you to teach them the right path and that your patience is the best teacher for their learning. Responsibility may mean doing things on their own, homework, homework, helping you cook, cleaning according to their age, knowing how to resolve conflicts between siblings, etc.

That children learn responsibility means above all that children learn little by little how they should relate to the world around them without parents having to guide them all the time. Children must have enough opportunities to be able to decide what they have to do at all times so that, in the future, they are able to choose the best decisions in any situation.

If children have enough opportunities they will feel able to handle their own responsibility in daily life, you will see how they need you less and less and they will be able to handle conflicts. Of course, there will be times when they will need you and you will need to be their constant guide. Life is full of new obstacles. But how do you teach him this kind of responsibility?

be the best example

As you well know, children follow the example of their parents, so you have a great responsibility in terms of the example you are setting for your children. Children will learn from what you do, so if you want your children to be responsible in their actions and in daily life, they should see how you are responsible every day. Housework, paying bills, being punctual,   having good behavior with others and with oneself… They are a good example of responsibility that children have to see in you.

Tasks according to their age

If you want to teach your children responsibility, the last thing you should do is give them tasks that are too complicated for them, because in that case it will only generate frustration and discomfort. It is important that you think of daily tasks that your children can do without too much difficulty depending on their age or evolutionary development. In addition to choosing an age-appropriate task , he will also need instructions about what you want him to do, that is, what exactly you expect of him at a given time.

He needs the commands you give him to be specific, and if they involve multiple steps, then you need to give him the instructions one after the other. When children have tasks that they can do because they are achievable for their age, it will increase their sense of independence. If, for example, you want him to help you with a task and it is too complicated for his age, such as setting the entire table by himself, it is best to give him responsibility for a small part of the task, such as placing the spoons. The feeling of independence will also be worked on at these times and you will feel motivated to continue learning and taking responsibility.

Focus on the effort rather than the result

In order to work with consequences depending on the behavior, it is important that the effort is taken into account more than the result. Practice makes perfect, so effort needs to be the most important thing to keep in mind, even if your little one doesn’t get it right at first. If you only rely on the results… It can lower their confidence and reduce the desire to help or take responsibility.

The ideal is to divide the task into manageable parts for the children and help them in those that may be more difficult. In time he will be able to do it on his own without help of any kind, but he must learn it with motivation and help at the beginning. This will give him a sense of accomplishment and he will be able to try it on his own next time.