Here is another middle-years transition you desire for your child: from obedience to responsibility.

When your parenting is over, which would you rather have raised: an obedient child or a responsible child? There is a difference. Though obedience is very important in early child training, it is only a stepping-stone to a greater goal—yes, even a greater virtue.

Obedience versus responsibility—what is the difference? Obedience is required conformity. Responsibility is voluntary conformity. Obedience is submission to a person. Responsibility is submission to a principle.

A child who does right on his own volition (instead of because he is reminded to) will be far better equipped for life than one who is dependent upon someone telling him what to do.

Source: On Becoming Pre-Teen Wise by Gary Ezzo

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