Teach Your Child the Importance of Responsibility

One of the greatest missions that a parent can have is to teach their children the importance of responsibility, so they can achieve their goals in life with commitment, dedication, and conscience
Teach Your Child the Importance of Responsibility
Bernardo Peña

Written and verified by the psychologist Bernardo Peña.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Taking responsibility for things should begin when a child is small. Parents are committed to teaching the importance of responsibility to their children.

The rest of the family also plays an important role in teaching this value, starting with the example set by parents, aunts, and uncles. Remember that your child will learn from what they see and imitate it.

Responsibility is defined as compliance with obligations or making decisions. Fulfilling their responsibilities, or not doing so, is a decision that each person must actively make.

How do you identify a responsible person?

It’s important to know that a responsible person carries out their tasks with diligence, seriousness, and commitment. They know that things must be done well from the beginning to the end.

By teaching your child to be a responsible person, they’ll learn to behave in a way that others can trust them.

Importance of Responsibility
Being responsible will teach your child to seriously consider the consequences before making any decisions. They will think about the outcomes that may affect their life or someone else’s. They’ll also be able to recognize the mistakes they make and be willing to repair them.

How to teach your child the value of responsibility

We’ll give you some recommendations that will help you teach your child to be responsible from a young age and how to fulfill their duties.

Avoid using the punishment model

The best way to teach your child to be a responsible person is to demonstrate it through your behavior. As a parent, it’s important to show them that you are committed to all of your tasks, which will let them know that they need to be responsible, as well.

A child will learn and do what they observe much more quickly than if you tell them to do something. For that reason, aggression and punishment are not the best way to get them to do what you want.

They need to learn to listen and value the opinions of others, just as they value their own opinions. Dialogue, communication, and reason should replace aggression and force.

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Avoid the overprotective parent model

Some parents will try to avoid any difficulty that a child may face. They solve all the problems without letting their child realize that there is trouble or an issue to be faced. Unfortunately, this model allows them to grow up thinking that they don’t have to worry about anything.

Avoid the overprotective parent model
As a result, overprotected children don’t make decisions or take responsibility for themselves. They will become totally dependent and insecure, not understanding the value of responsibility.

Teach them to value money

Children begin to understand the value of money from an early age, as well as the responsibility that comes with having it.

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If parents don’t know how to manage their money well, they won’t be able to guide their children to save money, either. Parents are responsible for educating their children to understand how money works.

There’s a big difference between “need” and “want”. You need to explain to your child that they should buy whatever is necessary and wait a bit to acquire the things that they want. You should plan a budget with your child so they can save for and buy what they want, like a toy.

Recognize responsible behavior in your child

Parents usually comment on a child’s behavior when they’ve done something wrong.

You should always recognize them when they do something responsible, however, to let them know what they’re doing right and commend their efforts.

Recognize responsible behavior in your child
This will help positively reinforce good behavior. Children enjoy praise and that will make them more likely to behave responsibly.

The importance of responsibility

Finally, parents should remember that teaching their children the importance of responsibility is their job alone. Every child needs a role model, and the one that they see every day is their parents.

As for making decisions, you must teach your child to face problems by themselves. This will help increase their self-esteem and sense of responsibility.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • León Sánchez, B. (2011). La relación familia y escuela y su repercusión en la autonomía y responsabilidd de los niños/as. XII Congreso Internacional de Teoría de La Educación.
  • Desarrollo de conductas responsables de 3 a 12 años. Gobierno de Navarra. Departamento de Educación y Cultura. Disponible en: http://dpto.educacion.navarra.es/publicaciones/pdf/conductas.pdf

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.