Definition specifically related to the family context
Within a family, the sense of responsibility reflects in people’s ability to take charge of their responsibilities as parents, and fulfil their obligations toward their children. Responsible parents make decisions and commitments for the family, which they are able to meet and achieve.
Responsible parents are aware of their role as parents and they participate in family life accordingly. For parents, this skill translates into an ability to adequately meet their children’s basic needs (health, safety, food, affection, etc.), and accompany them in their social, intellectual and emotional development.
Actions taken by parents may foster or impede their children’s development. Therefore, parents need to assume their responsibilities in terms of the impact of their behaviour on other family members.
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