: the state of being the person who caused something to happen
: a duty or task that you are required or expected to do
: something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.
Take today’s Thoughtful Thursday quote and think about your family and your children. Are you taking enough steps to ensure your children have ample opportunities for responsibility? I’m not talking about the pressure to perform in school, sports, or to keep up with activities. I mean do they regularly complete duties around the home? That’s where it starts. In our house, (this is an example, not the only way) our boys have a list of daily and weekly chores and responsibilities they must complete because they are living, breathing, and capable members of our family. I also offer a list of responsibilities they can complete to earn money. That’s where they can get their “allowance”. Trust me, this plan has been an evolution of multiple test programs over the years. You’ve got to see what works for you and your family system. I’ve definitely seen my kids’ feet more firmly planted the more I look for them to contribute. It’s been so successful that my one son asked me “did you only have kids so you’d have someone to do the jobs around her?” The bottom line is, kids can handle and often thrive on regular opportunities for and expectations in responsibility. So take a look around and feel free to change things up a bit – you might be surprised at the results.