Being responsible means being dependable, keeping promises and accepting the consequences of what we say and do. It also means trying to be the best we can be. Children need to learn that being part of a family, a team or a class involves accepting responsibilities.

The following quotes underscore the awesome responsibility of parenting:

One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
– Anonymous

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
– Jesse Jackson

There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
– Edith Wharton

To Do

  1. Go over the Responsibility (pdf) poster together and put it on the refrigerator.
  2. Read the story, Horse Sense, with your child and discuss the questions at the end.
  3. Do the activities to reinforce the responsibility character trait.


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