J&D Ultracare has been providing professional nursing service since 1985. What inspires us are the smiling faces of children we help everyday in the New York Metropolitan and Hudson Valley areas. To this day, we’re the only agency in Hudson Valley dedicated to pediatrics, proving the value our nurses provide to children in need.
Earlier on the blog, we wrote a great post that helped parents raise their newborn children. Our tips went over effective ways to take care of kids when they are young, but parents also need to prepare for new challenges as they get older. An article from a publication called Care goes over nine different ways to teach your growing kids about responsibility. We think this is very important and wanted to share three of our favorite tips from the article below. If you want to read the full article, you can do so by clicking here.
You can’t suddenly spring responsibility on a teenager and expect he will know how to follow through. Imagine your high school daughter calling you at work with the complaint: “Mom I’m hungry. When are you coming home?” You say: Make a sandwich! She replies: “I’ll just wait for you.” Handing out responsibility to kids needs to start early. Think: toddler.
Let Them Help You
Don’t grumble and mope when it’s time to do housework. Smile and invite your son to help (even if he makes the job take longer). It’s team work, precious time with your child and a lesson that will one day send him off into the world with the ability to sort lights and darks! “When your child is invited to participate, he feels valued,” says Dr. Ruskin. “He will take these good feelings and learn to take ownership of his home and feel pride in maintaining it.”
Show Kids the Way
Play to a child’s skill level, suggest both experts. First, you can demonstrate how to complete small tasks. If your son wants a snack, show him where the apples are and how to wash one off. Does your daughter always throw her dirty clothes on the floor? Place a hamper in her room and show her where the day-old jeans belong. Make responsibilities age-appropriate and even use the word “responsibility,” says Dr. Barzvi, when informing your son about the tasks you expect him to complete on his own. It sounds grown-up and important!
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