What does Responsibility Mean?
You want your children to have the character trait of responsibility and you want them to experience the privileges of a responsible person. The following questions can lead into great family discussion about how privilege and responsibility go hand in hand. As you listen to their responses encourage them to articulate their ability to be responsible and to gain the privileges of acting with maturity.
What does privilege mean to you?
According to Webster Dictionary 1828, privilege is a peculiar benefit or advantage not common to others. So, by definition privilege is specifically not for the masses, but for the few. You may discuss how some privileges are earned and some are given. An example of a privilege earned is a driver’s license. You earn the privilege to drive after passing a test and driving under the supervision of an experienced driver for a certain amount of time.
What does responsibility mean to you?
Responsibility is the state of being accountable or answerable. If you sign a loan, you are responsible for making the payments. Responsibility is representative of an obligation to something. When you conduct yourself responsibly you present yourself as mature and trustworthy.
How do privilege and responsibility work together?
Many times privilege is granted as you act with responsibility. Likewise, when there is a lack of responsibility, privileges may be forfeited or not extended. For example, you may earn the privilege to drive a car, but you must show responsibility to abide by the traffic laws or that privilege may be revoked.
Intentional families understand the importance of asking open-ended questions like these to help our children discover and understand important values and qualities. When you ask your children thought provoking questions like these, they develop the ability to make decisions based on the values you are encouraging them to have. You are taking important steps in raising your children to be responsible adults who will enjoy the privileges that accompany making right choices.