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Responsibility is about having the personal character and abilities to thoughtfully make and reliably keep promises to ourselves, others, and our community. Accepting responsibility involves having the confidence and courage to do what is necessary and right, building trust, and not easily giving up--especially when facing difficult choices and demanding situations.  All of this requires self-management.

Self-management is the ability to successfully be aware of and in control of our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations. Being able to understand and control how we feel, think, and behave is achieved by effectively managing stress, controlling our impulses, and motivating ourselves to do what we ought to do. It is the ability to set and work toward goals without completely giving up even when we fall short of our goals or make mistakes.

Resources for Responsibility

Teaching Responsibility to Your Children from the The Center for Parenting Education
Teaching Teens Responsibility: Here is What to Know from Today, by Jamie Farnsworth Finn
Responsibility: Taking Accountability for Their Actions from Boys Town
Young Adult Novels about Responsibility

Resources for Self-Management

Help Teens Learn to Control Emotions from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Regulating the Teenage Mind from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults (PDF file) from  the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Young Adult Novels about Self Management