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Practice TIGER attributes at home. Encourage your child to take responsibility for learning

 

Kids who learn to be responsible do better in school. They get along better with teachers and
peers. They make better decisions. They’re more apt to try, follow through and succeed.
Here’s how to boost your child’s sense of responsibility:
• Revamp your child’s chore list. Are you still packing your child’s lunch? How about making his bed?
If so, pass the torch. Most elementary schoolers are capable of handling such tasks. Don’t overload
your child with too many chores, but work toward giving him/her meaningful responsibilities.
• Expose your child to money. If he/she does not have an allowance, consider giving one. By letting
your child manage his own money, he may develop more respect for it. Include him when you’re
working on your budget. Don’t share specific financial details, but let him see what budgeting looks
like. Say things like, “I’d love to order pizza tonight, too, but it’ll have to wait. Payday isn’t until
Friday.”
• Use consequences to teach. When your child makes a mistake, don’t swoop in to save him (unless
he’s in true danger). By allowing him to experience the consequences of his actions, he’s more
likely to learn not to make the same mistake again. If you’re always running to his rescue, he’ll
learn that he doesn’t have to take responsibility for anything
Adapted from www.theparentinstitute.com

November 2016 Tiger Times