Monday, January 12, 2009

Is this Teaching Responsibility?

I recently watched this short film on teaching your child responsibility from the sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

I enjoyed the video...felt some of the comments were a bit critical...however, I do agree that the storyline doesn't really teach responsibility, but does show how much a parents love for their child will make them go out of their way.

However, I do not necessarily agree that a parent should go to this extreme to please their child. I think parents should teach children responsibility by showing them to take care of their things rather than replacing them when they are lost or broken. One has to learn to value their belongings by taking care of them. When our (four year old) son breaks a toy or loses something we remind him he needs to remember to put things back and take care of his toys or he won't have it anymore to use.

I think this value teaches more responsibility than having the parent go out of their way to find or replace the toy. Sure Tony is a sick child, perhaps with cancer, and the parent wants to grant all the child's wishes before his time comes to leave this world...but the child didn't seem as attached to the bear as the parents may have thought since he seemed to live without it just fine and moved on to other things he enjoyed, such as watching 'Scooby Doo'.

In addition, the child didn't show any excitement or surprise that his father found his the lesson for parents should be not to go to extremes to please their child, as the child may not appreciate it and the child may not learn to appreciate others or their belongings if you do.

What are your thoughts? How do you teach your child responsibility and how to care for their belongings? Please share in the comments below.

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