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1. Start Simple

Chores are the simplest way to start teaching your child to be responsible and self-sufficient, as you give your child age-appropriate chores, make sure that they have a clear understanding on what to do so that it is exciting for them and not overwhelming. Allow your children to do things for themselves, it will teach them to be self-sufficient and to be more independent and this will also increase their self-esteem and confidence.

2. Give Responsibility

Give your child responsibility and make your expectations clear so that they know what is expected of them. Show reassurance and encouragement and use appropriate words to respond to your child’s efforts, give direction and help them understand that it takes effort and hard work. This will help increase your child’s self-reliance and their confidence to do things on their own. Children learn from watching you, and it is your responsibility to set the example, be responsible, take accountability and own up to your mistakes.

3. Accountability

Allow your child to make mistakes and to learn from them and take responsibility for their actions. Ensure that you use appropriate ways to explain to them the consequences of their actions. Teaching children about accountability is important as they need to understand that they are responsible for their actions, but also let them know that no matter what you will always be there to lend a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on.

4. Growth Mindset

Once again, the best way to instill a growth mindset in your children is to have a growth mindset yourself. Teach your children that they have the control over most situations and that they are able take responsibility and grow as an individual. Teach them also that success requires hard work, effort and commitment. A child with a growth mindset knows that they have what it takes to succeed, while one with a fixed mindset will most often see things as fixed and unchanged.

5. Teach Skills

It is important to teach your children practical and life skills. Some examples are teaching them to manage finances, to do chores and other housekeeping responsibilities and to cook. Also teach your children to be grateful, honest and forgiving. Teach them self-control, communication and problem solving skills.

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