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Responsibility

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is responsibility?
  2. What a responsible friend/spouse/parent/sibling/grandparent should be like?
  3. What are the responsibilities of parents? Should parents support their children financially while they are studying in a university?
  4. Do you agree that in Russia there are many adults living in dependence on their parents?
  5. How should kids be raised so that they get responsible and not to live off their parents?
  6. What should parents do with their adult children who live with them and don’t want to work? Should parents kick them out of the house? What do you think of the strategy when parents and their adult child separate financially and parents keep their child  going for a few months to give him/her time to find a job? What can be done if this strategy doesn’t work, and the child doesn’t look for a job?
  7. Do you know some irresponsible parents? In what situations should social service intervene? In what situations should it take children away from the family?
  8. Why are there so many men in Russia who don’t provide their kids with alimony after divorce and don’t want to see their kids? Why are mothers usually more responsible than fathers?
  9. Why are some people irresponsible? Can a person be irresponsible because of depression? If so, then why do so many people refuse medical treatment when having depression or other mental disorders?
  10. Why do some people treat their relatives/spouses irresponsibly, but show respect for their friends or strangers?
  11. Imagine the situation: you live with a person who flinch from his/her household duties (doesn’t cook, wash dishes, walk the dog, feed the cat, etc.). You try to speak to him/her, but it doesn’t work. What would you do in this situation?
  12. Have you ever been in a situation, when you was to meet with someone, but this person didn’t come? What was your reaction? Did this person explain why he/she didn’t come? Was it a reasonable excuse?
  13. Are you a punctual person? If not, what do you do to get rid of this habit?
  14. Can parents teach their kids to be punctual?
  15. Do unpunctual people irritate you? Is it OK for you to wait for some time, if someone is late?
  16. Why are some people always coming late? What advice can you give them?
  17. Do you do all the required work before the deadline? If so, what do you do to meet the deadline? If not, how does your boss react when you fall behind schedule? What do you do to remedy the situation?
  18. Do you have a habit of postponing important deals? If so, what deals do you postpone?
  19. Do you sometimes procrastinate? If so, is it easy for you to make an effort and do real work?
  20. How can we fight procrastination? Can time-management help to stop procrastinating and coming late?
  21. Are you a perfectionist? Is it good to be a perfectionist? If not, what problems do perfectionists have?
  22. Do you sometimes take responsibilities for the deals that are not your business? If so, give us examples. Why do you do that?
  23. Are we responsible for our elderly parents? Should we always take care of our parents on our own, or we can delegate part of duties to a nurse? Under what circumstances is it right to send our parents to a nursing home?

Vocabulary


spouse – супруг(а)
sibling – брат или сестра
to live in dependence on someone, to live off – жить на иждивении
to keep going – поддерживать деньгами
to intervene – вмешиваться 
alimony – алименты 
to fall behind schedule – не укладываться в сроки
to remedy the situation – исправить ситуацию
to postpone – откладывать
to delegate – поручать
nursing home – дом престарелых с медицинским обслуживанием

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