Think about when you were growing up.Were you responsible for doing chores in your home? If so, which ones? Are you responsible now?
Studies have shown that kids a few decades ago were responsible for doing much more around the house than kids today. What has changed in our lifestyles that is causing the decline in kids' responsibilities? How is that affecting our kids' attitudes?
Your kid wasn't born with this attitude, so how did he develop this irresponsible attitude? Seriously consider whether he could be learning it from others—even you! Check ones that apply to you:
□ Do you emphasize the importance of responsibility in your home?
□ Do you blame others for problems and not take ownership for your own actions?
□ Are you always late when picking up your child from school?
□ Do you attend parent-teacher conferences and respond in a timely manner to notices that are brought home from school?
□ Do you make excuses for your problems?
□ Are bills, DVDs, and library books piling up on your table with overdue notices?
□ When you make a mistake, do you admit it? And does your child hear you?
□ Would others say they can count on you to do what you say?
□ Do you take care of your possessions or see property as easily replaceable?
What is the first step you need to take in yourself to help your child deal with his or her irresponsible attitude? Write down changes you need to make.
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