Cultivating Responsibility

“Nearly all people can stand adversity, but if you want to test a person’s true character, give them power.”

Abraham Lincoln

Parents want children who are responsible for themselves and who take ownership for their relationships, how much they get done at home and at school, and how they manage their emotions.

The primary job of every parent is to do themselves out of a job as quickly as possible. This means that parents should never say to their children anything they already know and never do for them what they can do for themselves. When a child is responsible, they know how to respect and use their power to make good choices, and develop habits in which they carefully consider their thoughts, feelings and the effects of those choices.