Nothing makes a man reach his maximum potential more effectively than the confidence that others around him invest. This is especially true for a growing child, with a personality in training: if you show your little one how much you believe in him, he will become responsible, confident and able to handle any situation.
Wise parents understand that it is important to give the child credit, to stimulate their autonomy and to offer them controlled freedom. Children respond positively when endowed with responsibility, as they need to feel that adults have confidence in them and help them to develop, express and evolve.
How to become a responsible child
Responsibility does not develop on its own, but it is learned, and thanks to the parent it is to provide the child with the tools necessary to learn it. A child does not know that he has to put his toys back in place or that he has to get to school in time if he is not taught to do so. The best way parents can teach their children to be responsible is little by little every day.
Learning responsibility has no particular age. Since the child begins to walk (up to one year) and can grab toys with handcuffs, he can be helped to learn the ability to be responsible.
Young children, between 1-3 years, can perform simple tasks. Starting with 3-4 years, the children are apt to be taught to make their own crib. From the age of 5 they can already arrange the table and gather it at the end.
Already at the age of 8, the child must be assigned daily and weekly tasks. At each age, the child can be responsible, and this can only be beneficial for him.
Children succeed in becoming responsible persons if given the opportunity. Parents need to be willing to grant the child freedom to: make decisions, demonstrate that they can do something and learn from their own mistakes. Keep in mind the tips below:
- encourage him: it is important to encourage his efforts throughout a course of action and to be there to support him when he becomes ill or is about to give up;
- give her tasks in small doses: do not tell the child to "clean the room", because when he sees how much he has to do, he will be stuck and his head will be lost; will have the impression that it will never end; better put him to do the same thing, but dividing the work into smaller and more, consecutive tasks: first the cleaning in the closet, then on the desk, the arrangement of the bed, etc.
- let him learn by mistake: all children are wrong; but it is important to learn some of these; not to see them as failures or end of the world; how they are treated and overcome makes a difference; do not argue for them, but help him repair them, discuss them with him and help him not to fall into their trap next time.
- give them freedom: if you help the child to learn to dress alone, to brush alone the teeth, to put on the table, to dress without help you help him to become independent and responsible; all this contributes to the development of a safe child on him!
Why you want a responsible child
Learning and taking responsibility helps to mature the child and represents an open door to success. Responsibility has its influence in many parts of child development. It helps him to be autonomous, to perform on his own powers, not to depend on others.
A responsible child gains the trust of others, parents, friends and is a person you can rely on without hesitation.
How do you encourage your child to be responsible? Share with us your precious tips in the comments section below!
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