#DadChat Is Teaching Responsibility

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Another GREAT #DadChat was had Thursday, April 12. Read the transcript if you missed it and come next week when @CarrieWilkerson will be our special co-host!

This Thursday’s #DadChat, April 12 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., PST will be about Teaching Responsibility to our kids . @GuyKawasaki had to reschedule and will be with us on May 17, so again, please mark your calendars.


My current column is about my responsibility as a parent. It has an irony in that sometimes being responsible doesn’t “pay off” and I believe that is one of the many reasons teaching responsibility to our kids can be so difficult.

#DadChat is the chat for anyone who was a child or is a parent. Moms, Dad, Aunts, Uncles, or your dogs and cats are all welcome. We have a great community and I invite you to join us!



  • http://twitter.com/janetcallaway Janet Callaway

    Great topic. Look forward to hearing what others say about your column on responsibility not paying off.  Ironic how it does and it doesn’t.  Bruce, I guess it comes down to how you want to feel when you look in the mirror.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I wouldn’t change anything about MY behavior. However, if I could, I sure as heck would change the standards by which our government doles out money.

  • http://tedrubin.com/ Ted Rubin

    Responsibility in its most basic form is easy… it is when you throw in all else life throws at us when it becomes more complicated. Great topic buddy. Sorry to miss this one. I tell my daughters all the time that the most important thing I can teach them is to take responsibility for their own actions… no matter the circumstances or outcome.“As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.” ~Arnold Toynbee 

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Love that quote and appreciate you sharing it, Ted…just sorry I won’t see you tomorrow night. I call it “owning it” when I screw up and I’ve work so hard to teach my kids this notion. When they were little children and they’d spill something, they’d usually say, “The milk spilled.” I gently corrected them – EVEN THEN – with “No, the milk didn’t spill, YOU accidentally knocked it over.” THIS is teaching responsibility. That said, I NEVER did it…I’ll always find someone else to blame…usually the government! LOL…

  • manvdadhood

    Kids will surprise you with responsibility.  As with many things, you can teach them what it looks like with something important to them, and then help them apply it to other situations.  Teaching responsibility doesn’t mean slacking off and making them do more, but showing them what it means to take care of business before playtime.  As I say week after wee, what we show our kids is what they learn.  If you want them to be responsible when they grow up, then be responsible now for them.  

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I also believe that OWNING mistakes is teaching responsibility so I’ve been a big practitioner of apologizing when I mess up (towards them – like over-reacting) and being clear that I “Own” my own mistakes. Looking forward to your insights tonight, JB!

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