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Raising Responsible Children
“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”—Josiah Charles Stamp, English economist.
Many kids today live a life of entitlement. Our kids feel that something is owed to them. Very little is asked of them in terms of responsibilities at home. I have two teenage boys at home. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is a common topic of discussion in our house. I know in my house, I often think that it’s much easier to do a job myself, especially if I want it done right (or my interpretation of the way I think it should be done).How capable are our kids? I’m not talking about their math ability or how well they throw a football. Can our kids fend for themselves? Can they operate a vacuum cleaner? Cook a meal? Lodge a complaint? Speak to an adult on their own behalf? Hammer a nail? Change a light bulb?