Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We have responsibilities TO others and few responsibilities FOR others.
We may have responsibilities to others for certain behaviors, either by convention or because we have willingly accepted these responsibilities. However, we have very few responsibilities for the behavior of others. We may influence but are not responsible for the thoughts and feelings of others. All of us are responsible for our own thoughts and feelings, and all adults are responsible for their own behavior. Adults have to be responsible for the behavior of very young children. As children grow older, they are able to assume more and more responsibility for themselves, and it is helpful for adults to relinquish all age-appropriate responsibilities to the child.