Teaching a child to be responsible is something that parents and teachers can do to help that child excel later in life. There are many ways to teach a child responsibility; being on time to school or class, doing simple chores around the house, and even engaging in extra-curricular activities are all ways to help teach a child to be responsible.
Adults, for the most part, understand the importance of being on time to work. Children, on the other hand, do not always understand why they have to be in class at a specific time. Parents and teachers have to work together to help a child understand this. Teachers will often explain to children that when they are not on time to class and prepared, they may miss out on important instructions and information. To effectively teach a child the importance of being on time, parents must also instill this in their children by not only explaining the importance to them, but by also taking steps to ensure the child arrives to school on time and prepared for the day. When parents and teachers alike explain the importance of being on time to children, the child is more likely to understand and be responsible in getting to school or class at the right time.
Doing simple chores around the house teaches a child that every one in the household has responsibilities around the house. A child who never has to do chores is likely to be less responsible and less prepared for adulthood. Talking to many teachers and former teachers, I have found that nine times out of ten, a teacher can tell the children who have responsibilities at home to those who do not. I have been told by many that the children who have chores at home take more pride in their school-work and are more willing to help when it is time to clean up in the classroom. In adulthood, they will need these household skills and responsibilities to really succeed in life.
Extra-curricular activities, such as sports and academic teams also help to teach children responsibility. Extra-curricular activities place the children in a team situation where each member is responsible, not only for showing up to practice on time, but also in pulling their weight on the team. Take a football team, for example; each team member has a specific job on the team according to what position they play. If one member fails to act responsibly, the whole team can fail.
The more parents, teachers, and coaches work together to teach children the importance of being and acting responsibly in life, the more we are helping those children to succeed when they reach adulthood. Without the teaching, a child may grow up to blame others for their own mistakes, not know or understand how to keep a job; they may even have troubles in relationships due to not knowing how to be responsible.
Responsibility plays a huge role in every aspect of our lives. Teaching children to be responsible helps to form their character, work ethic, and helps them to succeed later in life.