It also may help them avoid problems, such as low self-esteem and poor coping skills.
In order to be responsible, children need to learn how to reach goals and problem-solve. Here are ways you can help your child learn these skills:
- Define chores clearly. It’s easier for children to plan and complete chores if they understand what’s expected of them.
- Feel good about giving your child duties. Sometimes parents feel guilty about asking their children to help out at home. But as long as chores are reasonable, they can help children develop responsibility.
- Make time to teach your child about responsibility. It’s important to monitor work and provide positive or negative consequences.
- Ask your child to help make decisions. Talk about how he can help around the house.
- Match chores to your child’s age. For example, a two-year-old might help brush his teeth. Or a four-year-old might dress herself.
- Be consistent. Make sure others who care for your child understand that responsibility is important in your home. Explain which chores your child is assigned.
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