Responsibility means being dependable, making good choices, and taking accountability for your actions. A responsible citizen looks out for the well-being of others and understands we all have a part to play in making the world a better place. For a two-year-old, responsibility might look like picking up their toys or putting their dirty clothes in the hamper ― simple tasks that they can take on to contribute to their family.
Character How to Teach Your Two-Year-Old Responsibility
Encourage your child to become a responsible helper:
Give Children Age-Appropriate Responsibilities
Kids as young as two can be "clean-up helpers," putting toys back into a bin or bringing you books to put back on the shelf. Using a simple phrase ("Clean-up time!") or song can help prompt them. Household jobs provide a great way to celebrate kids' growing abilities. For example, a two-year-old might be able to help you pull clothes out of the dryer, a three-year-old might sort clean laundry into piles by type, and a four-year-old might fold their own pile and then put clothes away in the right drawers. Each time a child acquires a new skill, it's a chance to remind them that they are growing up: "When you were three, I helped you put napkins and silverware on the table. But now that you are five, you know how to set the whole table all by yourself!
Encourage Your Child to "Be a Helper"
According to research, children who were asked to be "helpers" were significantly more responsive to requests than those who were simply asked to "help." In other words, asking children, "Will you be a helper and clean up this room?" is more motivating to them than being told, "Help clean up the room." Why? Children want to be viewed as helpers ― it's an appealing idea that nurtures their sense of independence and responsibility.
Work Together by Playing a Helping Game
Being a helper can be fun! Working together at clean up time can make the job go faster.Do This Activity
Build Good Character Skills with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key skills necessary for school and for life, using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities
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Make a “Coupon Book” of Helpful Gifts
Making gift coupons is one way to say “I love you.” Together with your child, create a coupon book of ways your child can help with a family task or give as a gift on special occasions.
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PBS Parents Play & Learn
Designed specifically with parents in mind, this app provides more than a dozen math and literacy games that parents can play with their kids. Each game builds on the natural curiosity of children and is themed around a familiar location like the garden or grocery store.
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In this one or two player game, you and your child can play along with Daniel Tiger as he finds matching pairs of pictures featuring barnyard animals. Be sure to look for special cards that offer an extra challenge of identifying animals based on their outline or the noise they make.