Cody Learns to tell the Truth

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Rosa the Rabbit Takes Responsibility

As children get older, they develop better understanding of the importance of being responsible for their behavior and their belongings.

Two and three year olds

Two and three year olds are only capable of a very limited sense of responsibility; for the most part, they will need to be reminded of what is expected of them.

What you can do

Even children this young can learn to be responsible. After playtime, ask your children to pick up after themselves—but give them a hand so they know how to do it. At this age, it’s more important to make being responsible a habit, so don’t be surprised if children don’t do a great job!

Four and five year olds

Four and five year olds are beginning to take responsibility for taking care of their needs, such as getting dressed and picking up after themselves. They also are capable of beginning to take responsibility for their actions.

What you can do

Praise your child when he or she is responsible, but always lend them a hand, as they still may be too young to be able to clean a room completely, or pick out their own clothes. Start extending the concept of responsibility to oneself, and discuss with your child how to be responsible to others, such as other members of the family. Now is the age to also start talking about how children can take responsibility for actions they have committed. This is part of being responsible to others, and taking responsibility.

Six and seven year olds

Six and seven year olds can understand the concepts of taking responsibility and of being responsible.

What you can do

Encourage your child to be responsible by cleaning up after her or himself, by helping clear the table, by doing simple household chores. Praise your child for a job well done. Remember that some jobs may be too large for children, and they may need guidance. Develop your child’s understanding of taking responsibility for his or her own actions. There are situations at times which children don’t want to own up to, like breaking something or not doing something you expected. When these situations arise ask your children the consequences of not telling the truth about the situation. Also ask them the consequences of telling the truth: feeling proud of themselves, and being responsible. In these situations, help your child figure out how to make up for their actions in a responsible way.

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