Responsibility | Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
- Don’t always bail your kids out of trouble. Help them learn from mistakes.
- Don’t nag or rescue your kids when they forget to follow through on a responsibility. Let natural consequences occur (e.g., kids who don’t put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket run out of clean clothes to wear).
- Talk about the cost of things you buy and how you make decisions about what to spend.
- If you have a pet, encourage your child to take on more responsibility for pet care as he or she matures. If your child is interested in getting a pet, work with her or him to do plenty of research on the care needed for the type of animal you are considering.
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