Responsible Children is Every Parents’ Dream

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The dream of every parent is to ensure we have responsible children. We want our kids to be resilient, independent, kind, compassionate and above all be caring. Parents will take pride in knowing all the invested time, energy and resources actually paved the way for their children.

As children grow up, they turn to be less enthusiastic in doing the things they are asked to do. At the tender ages, they want to help their parents in their daily activities. You will always hear the ‘I am helping mum in the kitchen’ or ‘I am working with Dad in the garden’. When the time comes for them to genuinely start carrying out their responsibilities, that’s when their natural excitement dwindles.

As parents, we want to bring up responsible children as they grow up into adulthood. Every parent will say they want their kids “to be responsible” if asked what traits they will want from them. Being responsible children may mean different things to different people. Below are some of the things that parents will be expecting from their children when it comes to being responsible.

1. Are Reliable

  • People can count on you – this is one of the most important things when it comes to responsibility. You need to be dependable so that others can count on you.

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2. Accept mistakes

  • Acknowledging their mistakes – as parents, there are many instances that our children have refused to acknowlegde their mistakes but will be happy when accepting credits. Every parent will be happy to have a child who accepts having made mistakes and is ready to change.

3. Are accountable for their actions

  • This is not very different from the above. Not being accountable for your behaviour might indicate some degree of irresponsibly.

4. Meeting their commitments

  • At times, parents need to tell their kids repeatedly on a daily bases the tasks that they have been assigned to.  I would tell my son daily to brush his teeth before bed. The day I don’t he will be off to bed without brushing. It is a sign of responsibility when a child stays committed in carrying out his or her daily chores.

5. Keeping their word

  • Parents are happy when their children can keep their word. Children are fun of ‘I will never do it again’ but the next minute they are doing same. Once a child can promise and keep their words, it shows how responsible they are. You can count on them.

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6. Ability to do something without being told

  • At times parents might have to repeat a phrase to their kids several times to do something. You might have to ask them repeatedly to pack away their toys. Once a child starts doing things without being told, the parents become happy and knows he or she is becoming responsible.

There are many other traits that parents will wish to see in their children that defines them as ‘responsible children’. Don’t make the mistake of confusing obedience for responsibility. There are two different things. I will be writing a follow up article depicting the difference between responsibility and obedience within the next few weeks. Do bookmark this site such you don’t miss out.

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Yvette Mayemelle Kaba
Yvette Mayemelle Kaba
Founder of UIC | Wife | Mum of Two | Inspirational Writer | Mentor | Aspiring Entrepreneur

14 Comments

  1. Avatar kumamonjeng says:

    As an adult, we need to set by examples to show children to the above points. It kids can follow all the good behaviors as you mentioned above, that would be really a dream and happiest parent.

  2. Avatar eli says:

    I can totally imagine! My little brother and I went for a walk in the park today and he was picking up trash and trying to keep the place clean. Was really impressed and proud!

  3. Avatar krystal says:

    I am working on this every day with my son. Good tips!

  4. I totally agree as a parent myself, seeing my kids grow up with the sense of being responsible for their wellbeing is so very important. I will do my best to help them and hope they flourish when they grow.

  5. Avatar Lisa says:

    This is great advice for parents. Responsible children are a joy to the world and their parents too.

  6. Avatar Garf says:

    I am not a parent yet but as an adult, we need to set by examples. Children usually look up to their parents. This is a piece of great advice for parents.

  7. Setting an example for children is imperative. This is great advice for parents/future parents.

  8. Avatar Diana says:

    I totally agree on this – I may not be a parent myself but I would really want to be as much influence to my kids in the future and simple principles can really go a long way.

  9. Avatar Catherine says:

    Such a great post. I think instilling these qualities and responsibilities in them when they are young will help them become more responsible as they get older. It will become second nature to carry out everyday chores and do what is right.

  10. These are definitely some great qualities of a responsible individual. I strive for our children to have these qualities as well.

  11. Avatar Alexandra Cook says:

    This is what every parents dream. But to have all of these we need to do need to be a good example for our kids. Our kids is our responsibility.

  12. These are the qualities I hope to instill in my children. Raising my kids by example is my goal.

  13. Avatar Eloise says:

    those are definitely the top things I want my children to practice daily! very important! My kids are now 9 and 10 years old, and I teach and remind them about these valuable lessons that will help them out in life (now and later)
    Great list!

  14. Being able to take responsibility for their actions is key for our future generations. Not many of us were taught to do so.

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