“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, responsibility means accountability towards one's assigned job or action. It is a virtuous trait that helps an individual to navigate the rough troughs of one’s destiny and lead a dignified life. Hence it is important to cultivate it at a young age. The route to success can be ordained only by bearing responsibility. It is not an innate attribute and hence it needs to be taught deliberately. As a parent, you must convey a sense of responsibility in your child for him to grow as a competent individual.
By imparting responsibilities to children, you acknowledge their worth. This in turn boosts their confidence and encourages them to think and act independently. It also instills discipline and diligence in them. It also contributes greatly to cognitive development and enhancing the mental aptitude of the child. it is imperative that you inculcate a sense of duty in children at a tender age so that they develop a thick skin and learn to fend for themselves without relying upon anyone.
An educational institute along with curriculum studies should also try to relay to students the importance of principles and virtues. By systematic study plans and other fun modes as storytelling, films, etc. educators should talk about the initiative of teaching children about obligations and duties.
• By conducting group activities wherein they are assigned with specific roles.
• Assigning them homework and ensuring that the assignments are submitted on time.
• Ensuring that discipline and decorum are maintained inside the classroom while teaching.
• Through the organization of workshops, they can provide students with choices in the learning process which in turn aids later substantially in cultivating responsibility.
• By inspiring children to dream, have ambition, and harness effort to achieve their goal.
According to Dr. Ruskin, the author of “The nine key techniques for raising respectful children who make responsible choices “, responsibility cannot be ingrained in children through tricks. To do so, you need to instruct them about life skills and inform them about the merits of virtues.
• Assign them chores: This is the most efficient way of immaculate a sense of duty in your child. By giving them a task to complete you foster in them respect for work as well as instill accountability in them. You must see to it, that you allot them work according to their age not beyond or below it. for your convenience, we have assorted a list of daily work that can be delegated to children as per their capacity.
• (Ages 4 – 6 years): Putting the cover on a pillow, taking their plates to sink after dinner, putting their toys in the toybox, dressing by themselves, brush their teeth, have their bath, etc.
• (Age 7 – 12 years): Cooking light meals, doing dishes, folding and arranging clothes, mopping floors, dusting furniture, taking out the trash, etc.
• Take their help whenever it is feasible: If children express their desire to help you with an errand or a chore, try not to rebuke it as much as possible. Toddlers especially showcase a strong desire to do work on their own. You should allow them to join in the action, even if it means adding to your burden.
• Action speaks louder than words: Parents are often looked up to as a role model by children. Hence you should be very careful about your deeds. Young children often mimic their parents so you should display an exemplary character in their presence as well as absence. Don’t put up a façade, as it does not last and you cannot afford to give the wrong message.
• Follow a pattern: Following a daily routine shall benefit both you and the child. Not only it adds stability to your lifestyle but also paves the opportunity for your child to develop habits which are coincident to fulfilling one’s duty aka responsibility.
• Pointing out mistakes: A child is bound to make mistakes, after all, it is through trial and error that he is going to learn. but if he continues committing it, again and again, strict yet non-violent action should be taken against him so that he can reflect and learn from it. For the sake of the child, it is necessary to reprimand him.
• Impart moral values and ethics: Interact with your child. Through dialogue convey to him the intrinsic worth of ethics as diligence, hard work, accountability, honesty, etc, and the merits that can be reaped through their indulgence. This shall motivate your child as well as provide his mind with spiritual nourishment.
• Never dub your child as irresponsible: It is best that parents refrain from labeling their children as such or else they will start rebelling. Groom them to take responsibility for their action and foster a non-defensive ambiance in your home.
Responsibility cannot be learned by observation; it needs to be taught. You cannot turn your child responsible in a matter of a few days. Hence should be patient while teaching your child about it. By mandating them to bear the consequences of their action, you are helping your child to evolve and grow into a capable, competent, and self-reliant individual who shall not shrink away from his duties.