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Pick Up Your Socks

by Elizabeth Crary, M.S.

Table of Contents


1. Before you begin

Responsibility vs. obedience
Components of responsibility
Levels of responsibility
How responsible are you?
Needs of school-aged children
Developmental tasks of children
What is reasonable for your child?

2. Building skills for responsibility

Decision-making ability
Teach children to solve problems
Teach memory skills
Teach motivational skills
Use responsive language

3. Child guidance ideas

Encouraging appropriate behavior
Reinforcement systems
Set reasonable limits
Follow through—possible consequences
Make effective contracts
Utilize humor
Picture children as changing

4. Household jobs and responsibility

Why should children help with jobs?
What is reasonable to expect?
How to teach a task
Reminder systems
Common problems and excuses

5. Responsibility and school

What is the purpose of school?
Learning preference
Coping with different learning styles
Basic school skills
Common homework problems

6. Independent living skills

Personal safety
Allowances and money management
Personal care
Emotional independence
Anger management skills
Dealing with peer pressure

7. Putting it all together

Where are you coming from?
Develop teamwork
Reduce barriers to teamwork
Develop and implement a plan
Take care of yourself
What to do if my child still has a problem?
Where to go from here?

Appendices: Summary sheets


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Useful for 3–15 years
112 pages
$14.95 paperback
$21.95 library

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About the Author:
Elizabeth Crary, M.S.

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Last updated June 15, 2014