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Teaching your child responsibility is a major undertaking – especially in a world where many children and teenagers feel entitled to just about anything they want. The truth is that implementing a system designed to teach your child responsibility will help them become more successful. Start with homework help and school projects or budgeting and see if your job doesn’t become a bit easier.
Budgeting is often a good place to start when trying to educate a child about responsibility. Many working moms find that by working with their child on a budget, they can teach a variety of life skills. For example, a young girl may want expensive doll shoes and clothing for their favorite dolly. Instituting chores and an allowance, as well as a savings plan will teach the child about saving, planning, budgeting, and rewards.
You can use homework help and school projects as a responsibility building tool as well. Simply develop a routine in which the child must set aside an hour, or more if needed, each day to devote to school work. If the child has none, the time can be spent reading or working on an extra project. Implementing this program early can help instill personal responsibility in any child.
It is equally important to have ‘unpaid’ chores. Providing each child with a list of chores they are expected to do without a monetary award helps foster a feeling of independence in the child and may be the most effective way to teach responsibility.