The list of tips to encourage responsibility is collected specifically for children with ADHD. There will be some items though that works better for children with ADHD or items that regular children may not need. Generally speaking, it still applies to all children.
Special Education Philippines suggests that if you plan to implement these tips in your home that you consider to talk about it first with the guardians of the child which would mean your spouse or partner. After you have agreed with the interpretation of the statement, you can cascade this to other members of the household like helpers, extended family and siblings of your child.
The important thing is to make sure that everyone is on the same page when you are talking about these tips. This is to ensure clarity and consistency.
1. Develop the habit of consistent positive reinforcement at home.
2. Communicate the feeling of love and acceptance to your children by the way you speak.
3. Use reinforcers and positive communication. This will encourag your child to use the same form of communication with others.
4. Be firm and consistent.
5. Try not to force petty, time-consuming decisions such as “Which color of toothbrush do you want?”.
6. Give your child chores when he/she’s young. Chores build self-discipline and a sense of responsibility but remember that your child may need many calm reminders to complete them.
7. Accept the fact that children need to be told things over and over. If you can, try to say it as if it were the first time.
8. Keep in mind that you are your child’s role model.
9. A short list of chores is better than a long, possibly confusing or frustrating list. In general, lists (in either words or pictures) are better than simply telling your child what to do, because a list addresses two learning styles – auditory and visual. In addition, a list lets your child be in control by checking off each task as he completes it.
10. Remember that some kids do not process multiple requests quickly or accurately. Get your child’s attention first, and never shout from one room to the other.
11. Speak slowly. It will help your child absorb more of what you are saying.
Watch out tomorrow for the next half of these tips to encourage a child to be responsible. In your home, how do you promote the virtue of responsibility? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below.
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