Building character in children is very important and Crucial to support at a young age. That means talking about it, modeling it as adults, and reading about it.
What does building character mean? It means becoming more independent, becoming stronger, strengthening, and improving ones mental and moral qualities of an individual.
There are a few different ways to talk about responsibility.
*being responsible *taking responsibility *acting responsibly
They are all related to doing the things we are supposed to do and accepting the positive or negative outcome of our actions.
Being responsible means you do the things you are expected to do and accept the consequences (results) of your actions.
Being responsible can mean a task you are expected to do like cleaning up your toys.
If you clean up your toys, you know where they and the room is tidy.
-Taking responsibility can mean telling your teacher it was you who accidentally spilled the milk.
-Acting responsible can mean a way you're suppose to act like being quiet during circle time.
-Having responsibility can mean doing your classroom helper job of water the plants.
Being responsible has positive and/or negative consequences.
If you don’t clean up your toys, you won’t know where they are, and the room won’t be tidy.
If you do, you will know, and your room will be tidy.
If you don’t take responsibility for spilling your milk, it may be hard for others to trust your words. If you do then you become trustworthy.
If you don’t sit quietly in circle time, you may miss important information. If you do, you will learn and enjoy stories and sing songs.
If you do not water the plants in the classroom the plants may die. If you do, the plants will thrive.
In the classroom or in the home, make sure you model responsibility by showing what you expect, and/or how responsibility can be shown.
Here is a social story on how to start a conversation about responsibility.