Responsible children grow up in responsible parenting. Every parent dreams of their children growing up to be respectful and responsible citizens. Because they contribute to the future of society.
According to Child Care Centers executive Andreason, “Just as children are taught to read and learn basic skills such as dressing themselves, they must also be taught character traits like honesty, responsibility, and respect for oneself and others.”
So, how can you ensure that your children are learning these things? Here are some tips:
1. Be a positive role model
As a parent, you must remember that your children are always learning from you. If children do not learn proper values and behaviors when they are very young, problems can develop.
If children hear you lying or not taking responsibility for your actions. They will certainly think these behaviors are acceptable. Likewise, if they do not learn to be kind and help others, they will not exhibit these behaviors.
“It is critical to remember that everything you do as a parent is under the watchful eyes of your children,” states Anderson. “Modeling responsible behaviors is so important to raising responsible citizen.”
2.Utilize Books and character to get positive behaviors
Anderson recommends utilizing character programs such as the videos as well as children’s books. It is to help teach your children about the types of positive behaviors society expects. “Books such as Franklin Fibs, which talks about how Franklin finds himself in an embarrassing predicament after telling a lie, can help parents explain the importance of being honest and the consequences of what happens when you aren’t.”
2.Set expectations and be clear and consistent
Anderson adds that it’s important for you, as a parent, to remember that as your children grow, they will test the limits from time to time. This is why you need to establish clearly defined expectations and make sure you are being consistent with them.
Children need to learn from their parents that their actions have importance. Let your child learn from their mistakes because when they are young the consequences aren’t as great
Anderson recommends that you keep your expectations simple, such as “treat others as you want to be treated”. Avoid coming up a complicated set of rules. She also encourages you to keep your instructions positive saying “be kind to each other” instead of “stop picking on each other.”
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”— Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States
What are your ways to make your child a responsible citizen?
Responsible citizenship improves the relations in the society by providing values among each other, thus it increases productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and foster your early retirement.
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