Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 9.50.07 AM.pngWhether it is keeping track of textbooks or remembering to turn in homework, responsible behavior is a must for school success. And the best way to teach your child responsibility is to give them responsibilities.

Sit down with your child and decide on a few task they are ready to handle on their own. Then make a check list of everything you expect them to do.  Agree on small rewards for a job well done, and consequences for times your child shirks responsibility.

Here is a starter checklist of responsibilities you can adapt:

  • Go to bed on time
  • Getting up on time
  • Fixing breakfast
  • Selecting an outfit
  • Packing a lunch
  • Completing homework
  • Returning signed forms
  • Maintaining grades
  • Getting along with siblings
  • Keeping room clean
  • Completing assigned chores
  • Reading at least 20 minutes a day
  • Taking care of personal hygiene
  • Feeding / caring for pets