Why it's important to give your child real responsibilities

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Why it's important to give your child real responsibilities

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How can you get your child to be more responsible? It starts when they are really young. You can't wait until they are young teens to teach them responsibility. My wife and I found that the best thing to do was to empower our children at a young age and involve them in simple house chores; clean your room, make your bed, help with the dishes. When you are cooking dinner, have them get up on a chair with you and mix the salad, put the ingredients in, participate in activities that they see you, as a parent, participating in everyday. Often, it's just easier to do it yourself, it's quicker, it's off your plate; but if you want to give them responsibility, you need to have them feel like they are responsible. The only way to do that is to let them participate in the things they see you do day in and day out. As they slowly do those things, they become empowered.

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Timothy J. Wheeler, the managing partner of the law firm Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP.  He has extensive trial experience in a variety of areas including product liability, general negligence and auto product liability. Tim was named the Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. He was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), for his outstanding trial record and involvement and commitment to consumer rights. Tim is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (J.D., 1978), Tim attended Santa Clara University (BS, cum laude, Political Science, 1975), and was a recipient of the Jesuit Scholarship. While at Loyola High School, Tim's excellence in all areas of student life was recognized by the faculty, which bestowed upon him The Loyola Award. Tim and his wife Nancy reside in Manhattan Beach,  have been married for 37 years and have four adult children, Matt, Tim, Danny, and Mary and two grandchildren, Lily and Grace. 

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