The topic of being responsible and hard working has been on my mind a lot lately. There are so many verses about personal responsibility and how we are called to be good stewards and responsible to each other. But how to do we teach kids to be responsible? How to we help them to really be good stewards?
Abigail Van Buran once said, “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
Giving kids responsibility helps to keep them busy as well as helping them to learn future skills about doing what is needed.
For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:5
One good way to do this with kids is to give them chores. The key with chores it to make ALL your expectations clear from the beginning. I saw one interesting way of doing this for each room in the house. You can type a sheet for each room of all the things that the kids need to do to fully complete the chore. A good idea for these sheets is to have them individually laminated so that depending on the number of kids they can rotate which room or activity they are responsible for each week.
Accountability is extremely important here, especially at the beginning because the ingraining of doing a task completely and correctly the first time is invaluable!
Hopefully if you implement this idea you will have more responsible kids as well as a cleaner house!
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