Responsibilities

As we look at our life we see four areas of Responsibilities: Time, Money, Possessions and Work. It is these areas that demand skills often labelled Life Skills. Once again, the family offers a great training ground for learning these skills and in doing so fulfil our homeschool goals to prepare our children for their lives ahead.



Links within this page:

Time Management
Money Stewardship
Possessions
Work Ethics
Character Traits specific to this area of our life
Frequently Asked Questions



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Time Management

Some people are born organisers and others are not! I am one of the nots! Though my mother began training me in this area from a very early age. I still remember her saying, Have you checked your list? This was her way of teaching me to have a system that reminded me what needed to be done, to stay on task and to work in a timely fashion.

As an adult, I personally would rather do what I feel like, when I feel like it but I know that unless I have a plan in front of me I will not achieve the things that are on my heart to achieve. This is time management.


Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
- William Penn

Time Management tools for Children - These tools will help train our children in using their time wisely.

Routines:
Establishing Routines
How to Write a Daily Routine
Being Flexible, having choices
Maintaining Routines


Money Stewardship

Though it may not be money that makes the world go around, we all come in touch with this resource throughout our day.

We have taught our children there are 3 legitimate ways to get money:

  • Work
  • Gift
  • Inheritance

Regardless of how you receive it – you must be responsible with it.


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement,
in the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt



Possessions

This is another area that comes under the heading of Stewardship. We must be responsible with the things that we own. In this throwaway society this is becoming even more of a concern to teach this to our children. Learning responsibility with our possessions will include organization and maintenance.


Work Ethics

We believe that Work was a responsibility given to man at the time of creation. Yes, work is hard but it has its rewards. Though work may look different to each and every person/child the ethics that drive our ability to work remain the same as does the necessity. Here is a series of articles that develop this aspect of our life.

  • Developing a Work Ethic
  • Diligence is the Key
  • Work and its Rewards
  • 10 Things that lead to Irresponsibility


  • Genius is one percent inspiration and
    ninety-nine percent perspiration.
    - Thomas Alva Edison


    Character traits directed at the Realms of Responsibility

    Character Education is important to our family and therefore it has its own place on our website. See Character Education.

    There are many character traits that will affect how we relate to these areas of our life though there are a few specific traits that need to be a primary consideration in terms of Time, Money, Possessions and Work.


    Time
    • Punctuality
    • Flexibility
    Money
    • Generosity
    • Thriftiness
    Possessions
    • Orderliness
    • Resourcefulness

    Work
    • Diligence
    • Thoroughness


    FAQ regarding teaching Responsibilities

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