Help Your Child Set a New Year’s Resolution and Stick to It
The New Year is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing—resolutions. While we often think of this type of goal-setting as an adult activity, it might be a good idea (healthy even) to get your kids involved. Whether they want to improve their basketball game or get an A in math, there are lots of ways to encourage these goals and help them achieve them.
Here are a few ways to get your kids on the right track in the New Year.
Help them record their resolutions
There are so many ways to record these goals, but here are a few great ones.
Record them on video
One mom records her children
every year on New Year's Eve talking about their lives and performing a skill they've learned that year. Although this is meant as more of a memory-recording activity, this could actually be a great way to record your children's resolutions. Watching the video when they are feeling discouraged about their goals might help to motivate them once more.
Write it down
Research shows that writing down goals helps you achieve them. So, have your child write them down in a fun questionnaire
or take a picture of them holding a sign
that has their resolutions written on it. You could also help them create a piece of art
that reminds them of their goals.
Set an example
As difficult as it is to admit, parents aren't always the best role models when it comes to achieving personal goals. Most New Year's resolutions are tossed to the side by the beginning of February. But if you want your child to succeed, it is important that they see you trying to achieve your own goals.
Create a goal-oriented environment
If your child's goal is to get an A in math, and they are easily distracted while doing their homework, then it might be a good idea to have them start doing their homework at the kitchen table, away from the TV or other electronics.
And if their goals are sports or extracurricular-related, then do your best to find ways to fit in extra practice sessions during the week or on the weekends.
With your support and a little determination, your child could easily keep and achieve their New Year's resolutions.
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Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.