Learning Responsibility and Accountability

9/21/22

Responsibility and accountability are important life skills that children should learn at a young age. These skills promote growth in both learning and daily life, allowing obstacles to become achievements and failures to become lessons. Learn how to instill responsibility and accountability in your child’s behavior to  see them flourish in all aspects of life.

Building responsibility

Responsibility comes from understanding its purpose. Instead of teaching children that responsibility is a chore, it’s best to teach the positive rewards that come from responsible choices. That’s why it’s important to praise your child for good behavior, as positive reinforcement quite literally reinforces positive action.

A great way to set up a responsible lifestyle is a reward system. Doing chores, following rules, and getting good grades should result in some sort of thoughtful feedback and acknowledgment, whether that be through an allowance or a night out at their favorite restaurant. Let children understand that the work they do matters,and to feel empowered by their own decisions. Associating constructive action with direct results builds confidence in a strong work ethic.

Why it’s important

This is a life skill that allows children to reach their fullest potential, feeling self-assured in tackling tasks themselves rather than waiting for someone else. Taking responsibility builds confidence in making decisions and taking credit for them. It shows children how their actions influence themselves and those around them, which, in turn, strengthens self-esteem and empathy. Your child can learn early on what it feels like to be valued, trusted, and self-reliant.

Holding accountability

Responsibility and accountability go together like peanut butter and jelly. Mistakes and failures are a gift. Period. Instead of categorizing  these moments as red flags, consider them teachable moments that lead to a better life. Kids need to understand to take ownership of their lives, both good and bad. Owning the bad means recognizing how our decisions affect our lives and the consequences that follow.

Remember, holding your child accountable doesn’t mean negative reinforcement. On the contrary, positive reinforcement at every glimpse of success will instill honesty in your child. A great way to tackle this before problems even arise is to use examples from your child’s favorite shows and movies; discuss how the characters take accountability for their actions and how your student can incorporate that into their daily life.

Why it’s important

Holding ourselves accountable allows for a genuine approach to life, understanding the weight of our actions, and recognizing a clear path to happiness. It teaches recognizing deadlines, getting done specific tasks in a timely manner, and building trust in those around us. Children should be praised for honesty and encouraged to continue to make better decisions and foster independence throughout their lives.

Student support at Laurel Springs

Laurel Springs offers a vibrant system of student support, including placement counseling and college counseling. With the help of counselors and educators alike, your student has guidance on developing a responsible and accountable lifestyle in their education.

By evaluating your student’s individual needs, our counselors develop a game plan to lift them up and support them in every possible way. Make sure to reinforce these important concepts every chance you get, and use the support found at Laurel Springs to help you along the way. Here, your student can thrive inside and outside of the classroom.