Friday, May 22, 2009

Teaching Responsibility in an Irresponsible Market (Giveaway)

Teaching Responsibility In An Irresponsible Market
By Rick D. Niece, Ph.D.,
Author of Side Yard Superhero

In a downward spiraling economy, people look for others to take the blame. Finger pointing solves little. Now, more than ever, we need to take responsibility for our actions. We need to understand that our current actions affect more than our present situation. Our actions today reflect as models for our children.

As president of the University of the Ozarks, I receive a variety of communications from students' parents. I am surprised when they seek out the president on behalf of their sons and daughters. I expect college students to speak for themselves. I believe responsible children grow up to be responsible adults, and this world needs responsible adults to lead, guide and influence us.

Teaching begins and ends with parents, so here are six positive recommendations to instill responsibility in your children:

1. Build Work Ethic
When I was nine-years old, I took over a newspaper route, a route I kept until I entered college. I was proud to be a miniature entrepreneur. My 72 customers waited anxiously for me to deliver their daily newspaper. My customers depended upon me, and if I let them down, I let myself down. That newspaper route helped me grow into being a responsible adult with a strong work ethic.

2. Assign Household Chores
Responsibility can begin at an early age. Assign children routine tasks to complete around the house. The following chores involve nothing unreasonable or barbaric: make the bed; tidy the bedroom; carry out the trash; empty the dishwasher; mow the yard; rake leaves; dust, sweep, and mop (not mope).

3. Encourage Saving Money
When children earn money, insist they save some of it. The savings can be for short-term purchases like video games and clothing, or toward long-term goals like summer camp and college. When children save their own money, it gives the purchase special meaning.

4. Adopt a Pet
When something depends upon us, we become responsible. Pets - from goldfish to golden retrievers, turtles to gerbils - require regular and reliable maintenance. But lessons of responsibility are not learned if Mom or Dad becomes the one who cares for a neglected pet.

5. Foster Reflective Thinking
The power of reflective thinking dates back to Socrates. The concept is a simple one: the more we think, the better we learn. Children make good decisions and bad decisions. As adults, we can help them think about why they did what they did, and how the consequences affect them and others.

6. Model Values
We are children's role models. We are models of honesty and truthfulness, examples of ethical behavior and integrity. We are the superheroes of ordinary life, and our heroics are as powerful and protective as our fictional counterparts. We teach that dishonesty and deception have unpleasant consequences, that unacceptable behavior is unacceptable. But we cannot be worthy examples if we do not model proper values ourselves. Be diligent. Children are watching.

Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., author of Side Yard Superhero, currently serves as the president for the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AK. He along with his wife Seree, work to provide intellectual and cultural enrichment for the 675 students of the University, preparing them for graduate school and professional employment success as well as establishing lifelong values. For more information, please visit

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auntrene said...

I just wanted to take a second and say that I won a copy of Side Yard Superhero. I loved it.
I read it the day it came and passed it on to my aunt who also thought it was a great book..
Mr. Niece wonderful job on the book.

Carlene said...

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