Children learn from what they see; thus, the onus of raising a child who is responsible and knows what is right and wrong is on the parents.
Here are 10 tips to get you started on the right path.
- They must clean up their own mess: Be by their side to help them clean up and tidy up. Let them lead the way but be right there to support.
- Recognize their efforts: When a child helps voluntarily or is kind to someone, acknowledge the act and praise them for their effort.
- Be supportive: Children with their fragile self-esteem and limited attention span can get bored too soon from a task. As a parent, gently guide them back and give them the support they need to complete the work at hand. Never belittle their effort or you will scar them for life.
- Encourage to make a checklist: Children like to be in control of things. Hence, make them write a checklist of things to do and support them in completing it.
- Working for pay: When your children do chores which are beyond the regular routine, pay them. This will give them a sense of how the real world works.
- Encourage thinking: Don’t bark orders but spur them on to create their own schedule and define their role in the household and the community.
- Develop bedtime and study routine: Having a regular bedtime and study hour will help them develop successful study habits and also help them learn the art of planning their time well.
- Being a responsible citizen: Teach them to own up their mistakes and realize that their actions can have consequences.
- Don’t bail them out immediately: Kids need the space to learn to comprehend a situation and learn to adapt and learn. So, wait to see their problem-solving skills before you step in to sort a problem.
- Learn to pay up: Suppose your child damages board games for 4 year olds of another child make him realize that he has to pay for the damage; this will teach him to be more careful in future.