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Responsibility for Kids

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In today’s post, we will answer these 3 questions:

  • What is responsibility?

  • Why should kids learn responsibility?

  • How do I teach my kids responsibility?

Plus, we’ll go over:

The 3 Steps for Teaching Responsibility

What is responsibility?

Being responsible means that you’re accountable. It also means that you have to take ownership over your decisions and actions.

Why should kids learn responsibility?

Kids should learn responsibility so that they can grow into mature adults. They can learn to be problem solvers, instead of always looking to blame others.

How do I teach my kids responsibility?

1.) Teach your kids the difference between something being hard and not being able to do it

Often, kids believe that they can’t do something just because it’s hard. They’ll give up before they’ve even really tried. Help them to understand that practice is often the key to learning how to do something that seems hard at first.

This is an important step towards kids taking responsibility for their actions.

Just imagine your kid 20 years from now. You hear your phone ring…


“Mom…Dad…Are you both there?”

“Yes. What’s going on?”

“Umm…I’m being kicked out of my apartment, and I’m 30,000 dollars in debit. I’m moving back in with you guys!”

“What!?! How did this happen?”

“Managing my money was hard, so I kind of just didn’t do it.”

2.) Make taking responsibility an expectation.

Have you noticed that kids often try to get out of their responsibilities?

While this may be normal, it’s important not to let them get away it. We don’t want them to develop a bad pattern of behavior. So, make your expectations clear. Let them know what you expect them to be responsible for, like putting their dirty dishes in the sink, packing their backpack for school, or keeping their room clean.

Also, let them know what consequences they can expect if they don’t follow through. Remember to be consistent!

Want to learn more about consequences? Click here to read my post on Consequences for Kids.

3.) Let them know when it’s okay to ask for help.

We want our kids to be responsible and capable, of course. But, kids also need to know it’s okay to ask for help. If your kid is faced with a situation that is emotionally charged and somehow really difficult, you want her to know that she can seek you out and that you’ll be there to help her.


If you want help teaching your kids about responsibility, check out my YouTube video below:


If you’re a teacher and you want to teach your students about responsibility, check out my Responsibility Packet on TeachersPayTeachers. Just click the image below.


About the author:

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Hi! I'm Jessica from Learning with Jessica Diaz. I'm a teacher and a mother of two. All of the info I have shared with you is a result of what I have learned teaching my own kids and my students, as well as a love of reading and learning! I really hope that this information helps you, and I wish you all the best!

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