When your kids are at home, they are in a comfortable environment. However, they are still constantly learning and growing. While your kid will learn a lot about responsibility at our child care center in Peekskill, that learning can continue at home.

Check out these simple but effective ways that you can teach responsibility to your young kids in the home.

#1: Create A Chart Of Chores

One of the age-old methods for teaching responsibility that still has merit is creating a chore chart. What chores will be on that list will depend greatly upon your child’s age. However, even a four year old can handle some basic chores around the home.

A good place to start is with giving your child the responsibility of caring for their own belongings and room. Each day, show them the blank space on their chart for simple tasks such as putting their pj’s in the hamper, picking up books from the night before, and brushing their teeth. Check off or put a sticker in place as they complete each small task. As your child becomes accustomed to this routine, they will start to automatically implement responsibility into their daily life.

#2: Teach Them About Emotional Responsibility

Beyond just a responsibility for taking care of their room and their hygiene, it is vital that your young child learns the importance of emotional responsibility. From a young age, help instill an understanding of how they feel and how those around them feel throughout the day. For example, if they have a sibling, you can talk to them about how their sibling might feel in any given situation. Explain how they play a role in the feelings of those around them. If they were to steal a toy from their younger brother, their brother might then feel extremely sad or upset. Teach them that while they cannot control other people’s emotions, they can affect them through their actions. Help them put themselves in the shoes of others with questions such as “how would you feel if you just had your toy taken away from you?”

The goal is not to create a child who thinks that they are responsible for the emotions of everyone around them, but rather a child who is aware of the role they play in the feelings of others. Empathy will go a long way in helping your child handle future interactions in group settings.

#3: Encourage A Helper Attitude

Beyond just their daily chores, encourage your young child to approach the world with a helper attitude. Teach them how to ask the simple question of “can I help with something?” This will go a long way in teaching them how to take responsibility even when they weren’t explicitly told to do something.

A helper attitude should always be encouraged. Even if you are working on a project that doesn’t seem like your young child could possibly help with, if they ask to help, look for a way to include them. This can be a super simple action that might seem insignificant to you but will ensure that they keep offering help. Always thank your child for helping out and for asking to assist you.

#4: Pair Responsibility With Care

An excellent way to help foster a sense of responsibility in your young child is to pair it with something they care about. For example, if your family owns a pet and your youngster loves that animal, enlist their help with the daily care of the pet. When you help them see how responsibility is a great way to show affection for a dependent, you can instill a greater sense of pride in what they do. Teach them how important it is to make sure their pet is fed and well cared for and give them simple daily tasks to help out.

Here at our child care center in Peekskill, we implement responsibility in your child’s daily life. We want to help nurture that same sense of responsibility that you do at home. We will work with you to ensure that your young kid understands the value of helping out and caring about those around them. If you are interested in learning more about our early childhood programs, we invite you to reach out or come visit one of our centers in Peekskill or Monroe.