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This week, we take a look at Asset #30, Responsibility and Asset #31, Risk Taking. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they take responsibility for their own actions (and) … believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol and drugs.”
Ahh, responsibility is a big one and an interesting one, too. I think the definition of responsibility for each family is probably very different.
I know some teenagers who are more responsible than some of the adults I know. I also know some teenagers who have probably never been responsible for anything in their lives.
Think about what responsibility means in your home. Is everyone responsible for something? If not, start them young and increase the amount of responsibilities as they grow older.
You might make an elementary age student responsible for feeding the dog. The parent should act as a backup so that the pet does eat. I’m pretty sure that our turtles would be long dead by now if I did not help with that task.
A middle school student can be responsible for more, although occasionally their response might just be equivalent to the elementary age student.
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