A good period to teach responsibility is throughout adolescence. Consciousness begins to rise for the first time as adolescence approaches. Here are some ideas for using this natural tendency to teach children about responsibility and help them grow into responsible individuals.

Teaching Personal Accountability Frequently Necessitates Taking A Step Back

You had to remind your child of their responsibilities in elementary and middle school. Your child will become more self-reliant as a tween, allowing them to take care of their own schoolwork and sports practice schedules on their own (Granted, you still need to drive your child, but they now can remind you instead of the other way around.) 

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Allow your youngster to practice what he or she has learned. The only way your child will ever learn is if you always do their thinking for them.

Allowing youngsters to “fail” a few times can help them become more resilient. Let them fail in low-stakes situations.

Instead of reiterating that your child’s favorite show will begin, you should allow your youngster to discover it independently. Important events, such as the dentist or the bus stop, may necessitate your continued involvement.

Aim to Inspire Good Behavior in the Home

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Taking care of the household can be a great way to instill a sense of responsibility in children. So long as you’re in charge, you don’t have to worry about your youngster making a mistake in front of others. 

Take on duties to assist your child in becoming more responsible, build their self-esteem and show your tween how vital it is for all family members to contribute. 

Do your best to ensure your employees understand what they’re expected to do and how long it will take them to complete it. Your tween’s efforts should be recognized frequently and clearly, and you should allow your tween to correct any mistakes they may have made.

Give the People What They Need to Do the Right Thing

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Is it possible for your adolescent to be self-sufficient, punctual, and organized? You may help your tween take on some of the tasks you’ve been doing for them — like making sure they’re on time for practice or games, reminding them to do their homework, and keeping their school supplies organized. 

Go to the office supply store with your tween and let them pick out binders and planners that speak to their interests and personality. While it’s OK to offer suggestions, remember that if you put an organization system on your child, the tools won’t be used. Instead, let your youngster figure out what works best for him or her.

Decide When To Begin Teaching Responsibility To Your Children

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Responsibility can be taught effectively only if it is taught at the right time. When things are already changing, it might be tempting to try a new method — like utilizing a planner for the first time — hoping that new habits can be established all at once.

When new habits are introduced during relative stability, they are more likely to be retained. Because of this, you may want to hold off on using new tactics when your child is entering middle school or is otherwise engaged in figuring out who they are.

During these times of change, your child is likely to cling to old routines to maintain a sense of security for themselves. Before the transitions occur, it is better to establish the responsible behaviors than to wait until after they have passed.

Stop Teaching Responsibilities and Take a Breather

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It’s good for your tween to take on more and more responsibility, but like with any new skill, your tween will need time to recharge. When teaching your child to be more responsible, punctual, and self-disciplined, you don’t need to always demand it. 

It is important to remember that your tween is still evolving, so take a break from time to time. You can usually do this on the weekend. Adults, on the other hand, tend to take a backseat regarding responsibilities.

Honor the Beginnings of Your Child's Education

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Since they were the least responsible in their class at the beginning of the tween years, it’s improbable that they’ll ever become the most responsible among their peers. That’s perfectly OK. The quality of being conscientious can be described as a trait. It’s a trait that some people are more susceptible to than others. There is a limit to how much experience can change these fundamental dispositions, although it can go a long way.

Progress is good as long as youngsters become more responsible than they were initially. You should encourage your children to take responsibility, but don’t put too much pressure on them to change who they are.

Teaching Responsibility Begins With Changing Your Habits

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Modeling conscientious behavior is one of the most effective ways to teach responsibility. Are you notorious for being a no-show? Do you pay your bills late or require regular supervision from your boss to complete your work assignments? Don’t be satisfied with “do what I tell you, not what I do.” Your tween learns by watching, not by listening to you. Your tweens may follow your lead if you try to improve your habits.