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 six-year-old, responsibility might look like getting themselves ready for school in the morning, helping with specific household chores, and looking for ways to be a helper at school and in the community.
Character How to Teach Your Six-Year-Old Responsibility
Encourage your child to become a responsible helper:
Give Children Age-Appropriate Responsibilities
When children take on household jobs, they contribute to the family and learn important life skills. Work together on making a chart of responsibilities that they can take on, from organizing their backpack each day to putting away their laundry to feeding the dog. Teach them key skills — such as how to make simple healthy snacks or how to use the broom to clean up spills — to encourage their independence.
Creating a miniature garden can help your child learn about seeds and plant growth and provide the opportunity for your child to take responsibility for caring for a household plant.Do This Activity
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 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 nurtures their sense of independence and responsibility. As they grow older, they can expand their notion of what it means to "be a helper" beyond their family. Talk with them about how they can be a helper at school, in the neighborhood and in the community. Encourage them to act upon needs that they see — such as throwing away an empty bottle at the park or weeding an elderly neighbor's flower bed.
Neighborhood Clean Up
Daniel, Katerina, and their neighbors work together to clean up their playground. Your child can learn about recycling, community involvement, and reading skills in this story.Play This Game
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Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities
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Island of Adventure Map
Your aspiring engineer can create a map of your home, add tracks and then send his model trains on an adventure around the rooms of your house.
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Daniel Tiger's Day & Night
Daniel Tiger is learning about morning and bedtime routines! In this app, your child can play and practice brushing teeth, listening to a story and song, getting dressed and eating breakfast with Daniel.
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Zoe's Dance Moves
Zoe wants to make up a dance. Your child can pick an outfit for Zoe and then put together six dance moves for Zoe to try.