Parents dream of responsible, engaged children — perhaps a kid who can show a little enthusiasm, one who will step up rather than check out. You might consider getting a puppy, for example, if you thought your tween would really come through with the daily walks.

Responsibility can mean many things with kids, from doing chores and homework without a fuss to taking care of toys and making good choices outside the home. While all of these facets are important, but let’s focus on one area of responsibility right now: How can you encourage your kids to be more actively involved in family life?

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