Responsibility is a character trait that no one is born with, yet it can be learned over time. It is important to help your child develop good habits and appreciate the importance of being responsible.
As a parent, you want your child to learn how to be a responsible adult, and it is up to you to teach your children about being responsible. A child's level of responsibility grows as he or she gets older and begins learning to take care of themselves. However, by instilling more responsibility into your child at an early age, you are helping them to do better throughout his or her entire life.
There are a number of different ways to teach your child responsibility. One way to help your child become more responsible is by offering them rewards for which they have to work. A popular reward for children these days is their own cell phone. However, if you pay the bill for them, they are not going to learn anything about responsibility.
It is impossible to teach your child to be responsible through punishment and scolding alone. You must give your child responsibilities that he or she can fulfill, producing a noticeable, positive result.
For example, you can provide your child a prepaid cellular telephone and give them the sole responsibility of paying the bill. If your child neglects to pay the cell phone bill, they will have to do without it. On the other hand, if your child learns how to use the money that they make from allowance and afterschool jobs responsibly, they will be rewarded with the service that they want. This is a much better way to teach your child to be responsible than simply paying the bill for them month after month.
The level of responsibility that you instill in your child is the same level of responsibility that they will maintain on their own. The more you encourage your child to plan and manage their finances and responsibilities, the easier it will be for them to keep it up in the future as an adult.
Even though having a cell phone a paying the bill on their own may not seem like a lot, it is for sure a step in the right direction. Furthermore, each time you child is forced to take care of things on his or her own, the more responsible they will be now and after becoming an adult.