Holding Our Children Accountable

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[Editor's Note: Knowing when and how to teach our children about right and wrong the corresponding consequences can be difficult for any parent. Lisa at Being What I Want to Be proves a good point in that when children try to hide something that they've done, it's probably a good indicator that they grasp the "this is wrong" concept and can be taught those consequences. When and how did you start teaching your children about being accountable for their own actions? -Jenna]

Held Accountable:

Fingernail polish woesI realize that she is only 2 1/2 but there are definitely things she knows to do or not to do. The fact that she walked into the living room hiding her hands testifies to the fact that she knew she had done something she wasn’t supposed to do.

I think it is important to hold children accountable for the their actions. I don’t enjoy seeing Ella doing things that she shouldn’t do, but I think I would only make the situation worse for her (and us) in the long run if I made excuses for her and did not hold her accountable for what she has done. I know that I have a great responsibility in showing Ella what is right and what is wrong, and part of that responsibility includes making sure she knows there are consequences for her actions.

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