Teach Children The Wonderful World Of Being Responsible
It’s never too early to teach a child to start being responsible. In life, children assume their problems are everyone else’s and never their own. Young children have a hard time grasping the idea that everyone makes mistakes. When kids blame someone else, they want to avoid negative consequences and any disproval.
Figuring It Out.
Help your child understand that every action they take in life has a consequence. Give them examples, “You studied hard for your math test and because of that, you got an A.” You can also give your child scenarios and have them figure out the outcome to that specific action. The more a child understands causes and effects in life, the easier it will be for them to work out any action they take in life.
Honesty Is The Best Policy.
If you want your child to preach the truth to you, it’s important to keep calm and not overreact if they lie. Explain to your child that even though they made a mistake, the most important is that they learn from their wrongs, so they can make them right. Take the time to discuss with your child what they could have done differently, in the event that it would happen again.
Praise Their Progress.
Turn the lesson you’re trying to teach into a fun and exciting challenge. Get a poster board at the local store and make a chart. Each time your child places blame on someone else besides themselves, they lose a point (you can use different markers for the number of points). If your child blames someone else, resulting in losing a point, they can gain that point back, by explaining the right method of action they should have taken. If they can make it through the week without losing points, reward them with a trip to the park or a movie night.
Consistency Is Key.
Yes, allowing some things to slide here and there is fine. But, if you’re constantly letting your child get away with things they shouldn’t, that’s a problem. Your child has to learn to accept the consequences of their words and actions in order for them to have any accountability. That’s why it’s important to stay consistent with the rules and method of discipline that is given.
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