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Smart strategies to hone a life skill
By Chan Swee Fen | 12 March 2021
Raising responsible sons should be every parent’s goal.
Being responsible can mean different things, including following through on tasks, keeping one’s word, fulfilling commitments, taking ownership for what one needs to do, being accountable for one’s behaviour, and being dependable.
Bringing up a responsible son requires patience and persistence. When we train our sons from an early age to be responsible, we are teaching skills that will prepare them for life and for building their own families in future.
It sounds like a tall order, does it not? Where do we begin if we have the privilege to bring up boys?
Consider the following S.M.A.R.T.E.R strategies to develop responsibility in your son:
“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you highlight and affirm your child for his responsible behaviour, you add emotional deposits into his character training arsenal, which builds his self-confidence, and motivates him to repeat the positive behaviour.
However, avoid criticism, belittling, nagging or yelling as negative consequences as these are unhelpful and have the potential of triggering a power struggle or chipping off his esteem.
Bringing up responsible sons is an ongoing process and a lifelong parental responsibility. We can start by giving them age-appropriate responsibilities to help them develop responsibility – a character trait that has a long-lasting impact on their lives and relationships.
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Swee Fen is an ordinary woman who desires to inspire others to make an extra-ordinary impact through her family life and life skills workshops, counselling training sessions and writing.
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