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Being responsible means you do the things you are expected to do and accept the consequences (results) of your actions.
Question and Wonder:
- What is a responsibility?
- What is a consequence?
- Why do we have them?
- Where do you have responsibilities? What are they?
- Are your responsibilities different than your parent or caregiver? Your friends? Your pet? Why?
Sit down and make a list of all the responsibilities you have like cleaning your room, setting the table, or picking up your toys.
Imagine and Design:
- Are you only responsible for things you are asked to do? Why?
- What about at school or on the playground?
- If you play a sport, do you have responsibilities there? What are they? Add them to your list.
- What are some creative ways you can think of to make your responsibilities fun?
- Why do you think it is important to have responsibilites?
Grab a cup or jar and a bunch of craft sticks. Get some markers, stickers, gems. feathers, construction paper, things you can use to decorate the cup and the sticks. For each responsibility you have, design a stick. Put your jar or cup somewhere you will see it everyday. Lay the sticks next to it. every time you do one of the things on your sticks, put the stick in the cup.
Test and Discuss:
- How long did it take to make your “Responsibility Bouquet”?
- Did using the sticks help you to remember your responsibilities?
- How did doing your tasks willingly help out the people around you?
- Will your responsibilities change as you get older or stay the same? Why?
Did You Know?
Children who are taught about responsibility learn to work with others, gain skills needed to organize and complete a task, and may learn a new skill or improve on another. Parents also benefit from teaching responsibility by sharing the workload with children, allowing more time for family fun and activities.
Sometimes your responsibilities go beyond what you need to do at home. What do you think is your community responsibility? What does it mean to be a responsible citizen?Print Instructions