Teaching Responsibility to Children: Video Tips from Dr Robyn

Throughout July 2012, we’ll be working on the concept of “accountability.”

All our discussions and activities will aim to help our students understand that accountability is closely linked in with being dependable, responsible and trustworthy.

Powerful Words is the name of our character development curriculum here at Urban Martial Arts. It’s designed by one of the nation’s leading childhood development experts, Dr. Robyn Silverman. Every month, we’ll focus on a different Powerful Word, or concept around character development.

In this video, Dr. Robyn advises a parent who wants to make sure her kids don’t follow the bad examples of their cousins by making messes and not cleaning them up.

To give you more ideas for conversation topics, here’s a run-down of what we’ll be discussing this month:

Week 1 Accountability defined: What is it and when do we use it?
Week 2 Good Choices, Bad Choices: Rewards and consequences of our actions.
Week 3 Looking back & forward: Admitting and fixing mistakes.
Week 4 Accountability partners: staying on track with our goals.

About Dr. Robyn:
Dr. Robyn Silverman, child development specialist, body image/body bullying expert, sought-after speaker and award-winning writer, is known for her no-nonsense yet positive approach to helping young people and their families thrive. Her ground-breaking research at Tufts University on young women is the foundation for her book, “Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It.”