Understanding responsibility is the basis of teamwork. It is important for our society. Social problems occur because people do not understand their duties and responsibilities. Parents should teach children responsibility from a young age so that they know their responsibilities to themselves, their family and society.
Many different problems occur because people do not understand their duties and responsibilities. It is very important to teach children responsibility, such as doing daily chores, cleaning up toys after play, and helping with housework. When they go to school, they will know their responsibilities as a student, such as paying attention, helping teachers and classmates, sharing, etc; it is an important part of their growth and development. Without training from a young age, it is difficult for children to learn this when they grow up.
Without understanding their responsibilities inside and outside of the home, children may have difficulties with social interaction, particularly teamwork. As they grow up, they may find it difficult to interact with other people. Group work can become a one-man show as they will do all the work and think it’s a sacrifice, but it’s actually not. Working in groups is often presented as a good way to help people understand their own roles and responsibilities. If your child is always working alone they will lack necessary teamwork skills.
Some parents may believe that their little ones are too young to take on responsibilities, but that is not necessarily the case:
Responsibility is an action. Parents should start teaching children responsibility by letting them develop daily routines and by not doing everything for the children. Children should be encouraged to try to do things for themselves first.
Parents should teach children to understand that they should help parents do some of the housework and explain that outside the home they have to wait their turn and share toys.
After teaching and giving instructions, parents should train their children in real-life situations. Give them simple tasks to do at home, such as passing eggs or vegetables during the cooking time, learning to set a dinner table, etc. Parents should notice how their children play with friends and teach them the correct way if they do not take turns and share toys. It will take time and patience. Do not forget to share words of encouragement with your children when they do well.
You may always think that it is just easier to do it yourself; however, over the long term, it is not. Some parents do not let children do anything because they don’t want a mess and others do not want their children to overdo things. However, it is really important that children should begin to take on responsibilities now as it is more difficult for them to learn as they get older. Children should be taught responsibility at home and as early as possible. When they can help people in their family, they are likely to also help people in society as well.
Resistance is common in children and rules are important for guiding children. Parents have to consistently enforce the rules by saying “if you don’t pick up your toys, I will throw them away” or “If you don’t eat it yourself, nobody will feed you”. Parents have to stick to the rules and let their children know they will not back down. Without this type of training and the necessary reinforcement, children are much less likely to learn the rules. Teaching children responsibility from a young age is important as they grow; it can form the basis for good teamwork.
M.D., Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, 1999 , 2002