Teenagers And Responsibility

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As the mom of two teenagers, I often wonder if I have totally missed the mark in teaching mine about responsibility.  Most of the time, their bedrooms look like miniature cyclones have just finished blowing through.  There are clothes all over the floor, half empty soda cans on their desks, and piles of papers and magazines on the floor.  I’m not exactly sure when their rooms went from fairly organized, clean places for them to hang out to disorganized chaos.  When they were little, I regularly cleaned their rooms as part of my weekly housework.  As they got older, I expected them to keep up with it but that never happened.

Teenagers and responsibility

Teenagers And Responsibility

Is it possible for teenagers and responsibility to go hand in hand? All I really expect the kids to do around the house is keep their rooms relatively neat and clean. They do not receive an allowance so I cannot bribe them into doing this. I feel that they live in our home and it’s their responsibility to contribute by taking care of things they are responsible for. One of the best ways to teach your teenagers about responsibility is to let them experience the consequences of their behavior. If they do not put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket, their clothes will not be clean when they want them. If they leave their ear buds on the floor and the cat chews them in half, they will not have a pair any longer.

My son is notorious for not paying attention to what he’s doing.  Part of his ADHD is acting without thinking.  He typically gets home from school and does what I’ve termed the *teenager toss* which means the jacket, backpack and sports things get tossed randomly wherever he wants.  Sometimes this is on the kitchen table.  Sometimes it is in a corner of his room.  Sometimes it is in the middle of the living room floor.  This tossing without thinking has resulted in spilled glasses, spilled water bowls for the cats, and general chaos. I cannot tell you the ick he has created by doing this.  One of the ways that you can deal with teenagers and responsibility for their behavior is by having them clean up any ick they’ve created the next time they do the teenager toss.

Teenagers and responsibility

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  1. Alexis Marlons says
    My kids are still very young but I am now trying to teach them how to be responsible with their things.  If they do not keep the toy where it should be placed, I would never tell them or help them find it.  That is the consequence of just tossing their toys everywhere after playing.
  2. I'm also working on this with my daughter. She's turning 15 in July.
  3. my kids do that teenager toss too! Drives me nuts! Cute term for it!
  4. Jan Kearney says
    My daughter is 20 and doesn't even live here any more - she's at uni. I still can't get in her bedroom, and I still refuse to clear it up. That said, I'm guilty of teenager toss at 43 too... lol
  5. Our son is two and we are trying to instill good cleaning habits in him. Already, he has days where he doesn't want to pick up toys and it's frustrating...I'm afraid it's only going to get worse as he gets older!

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