May - Responsibility #3
As we wrap up Responsibility this week, I would like to leave you with a challenge:
Switch Responsibility Roles!
Role playing always works great with the virtue of responsibility. Most children love role playing, and most love it even more when their parents perform role playing for them.
You might consider a reverse role play game. Have your child role play the responsibilities he or she thinks you might have in a day. And you jump right in and role-play your child’s responsibilities in a day.
Of course, this is a little easier for us as adults because we’ve lived through childhood, but that doesn’t mean we will always be 100% accurate in our portrayals. After role-playing your child, ask your child how you did and what things you may have missed.
Learn From Each Other!
The great thing about this exercise is that you will quickly learn much more about the details of your child’s day and also maybe even be surprised by how much responsibility they have!
When it comes time for your child to role-play your day, be kind and encouraging. Afterward, willingly share some additional responsibilities you may have that might better help your child understand the difference between some child responsibilities and adult responsibilities.
In the end, both of you will have a better appreciation for each other’s roles and responsibilities, but more importantly, a realization that everybody’s responsibilities are important and need to be carried out.
See you next month when we will begin to explore the virtue of Honesty!