Responsibility is more than doing your chores or turning in your homework on time. It is thinking ahead about how your words or actions will affect others or yourself, and then speaking or acting in a manner that is respectful of yourself and others.
Encourage and look for the following actions in your teen. Praise him for being responsible when you see them.
- Keeping promises. You cannot be responsible if you break your promises, no matter what else you do. People must know that when you give your word, they can count on you.
- Admitting mistakes. Being responsible is not being perfect. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Responsible people make mistakes all the time. But they don’t just shrug them off. They admit their mistakes and they make amends if needed.
- Accepting consequences. Sometimes our mistakes have bad results. Responsible people deal with the results of their mistakes without trying to blame others. They learn from mistakes and rarely make the mistake a second time.
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