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Setting Examples for
Children on Responsibility

How often have you found yourself saying: "How many times do I have to tell you to do something before you do it?" "Will you please look at me when I’m talking to you!" "This room is a mess!" How many times does the child see your project put on hold? Do you always focus on the other person who is speaking? How often are ‘things’ just dropped rather than finding their rightful location?

Children are an extension of their parents by their thoughts, words, and actions. They learn as they see their parents responding to emotion, reacting to comments, handling circumstances, and making choices. They are sponges. They are like the molded clay of the potter’s wheel.

When the parent accepts the responsibility of caring for their parent in a loving way, the child learns respect, love, and how to handle circumstances.

When the parent graciously handles a comment from an angry neighbor, the child learns patience and understanding as well as assertiveness. Speaking up for what is correct develops healthy self-worth.

The child that frequently sees the single parent deciding on how much food will feed their family for the week learns confidence and organization.

Parents that communicate their expectations and feelings are demonstrating how the child can communicate with others. Acting responsibly sets the example.

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