This blog post offers tips for helping children set and achieve New Year’s resolutions, including setting specific and achievable goals, creating a plan of action, and providing support and encouragement along the way.
You know the feeling: you’re a few days into January, and already your New Year’s resolutions seem like a distant memory. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry—you’re not alone! For parents of kids who are just as susceptible to the temptations of chocolate cake and Netflix, it can be hard to find ways to help them stay on track with their goals.
But there are ways to make sure your kids’ resolutions stick (even if they sometimes need more than one try). We’ve rounded up some tips for helping your little ones keep those resolutions through February and beyond!
Encourage them to set goals
The first step in helping your child set goals for their New Year’s resolutions is to help them define what they want to accomplish.
- Be a good listener. Ask your kids how they want to grow and what they are passionate about. Ask them how they think they can achieve those goals, and take notes while you listen.
- Determine their goals. Once you have an idea of what your kid wants to do next year, ask them if they would like help finding out more about the goal or if one of their friends might be able to help instead. Then, determine the following:
- If the goal is specific and measurable, it’s easier for everyone involved in achieving it (including you) as well as being more likely that something will happen once it has been set down on paper (or typed into Google Docs). For example: “I am going backpacking through Europe” vs., “I’m going somewhere!”
- Is this realistic? Are there any roadblocks or challenges ahead that might make this hard enough so that it becomes frustrating instead of inspiring? If so then maybe try thinking smaller when setting expectations – perhaps only plan on visiting one country rather than all seven! Or maybe even starting small with just going camping somewhere local before attempting anything farther away from home – like say a nearby state park rather than halfway across America! It’s always better safe than sorry when making life changes!
Help your kids organize their time
- Use a calendar.
- Use a planner.
- Use a to-do list.
- Use a task list.
- Write your resolution on an index card and put it in a visible place, like the refrigerator or bathroom mirror, so that you can see it every day as you go about your business.
Make it a group activity
It’s important to involve your children in setting their own goals and making a plan for achieving them, which is where group settings come into play. Group settings can be anything from going out for ice cream with friends to playing board games at home.
After you’ve spent time talking with your kids about what they want to accomplish this year, set up a “goal-setting party” and invite all their friends over! You can do this on New Years Eve or any other day of the year if it fits better into your schedule.
If hosting a large gathering isn’t feasible, try another type of group activity: family game night! Instead of just sitting around playing video games or watching TV without any purpose, play some board games together as a family (or get together with other families). It’ll be fun for everyone involved—especially since winning will feel like accomplishing something!
Give them permission to dream big
So, you’ve decided to set your child’s New Year resolutions. Great! Let’s get started by helping them define their goals.
- “I want to be able to read like my brother/sister”
- “I want to win the spelling bee next year”
- “I want to go on a vacation with my family every year.”
Let them own it
It’s important to let your child take ownership over the goals they set. This is a crucial step in helping them succeed. They need to know that they are capable of meeting their goals and you believe in their ability to do so.
If your child wants to be able to read by the end of the school year, tell them that you think it is possible for them—and then let them know about steps you can take together for success (like choosing books with simple words or asking for help).
Don’t Make The Resolution List Long
Don’t make the resolution list too long. If you overwhelm your child with too many goals, they will get discouraged and give up on their resolutions. Make sure each goal is age appropriate and relevant to your child’s interests. Don’t make it a competition between siblings; instead, encourage them to help each other achieve their goals!
Be A Role Model and Set Your Own Resolutions
You are your child’s biggest role model, and when you set goals for yourself, they learn how to set and achieve their own. They can see that you have goals, you work hard to achieve them, and then they can strive to do the same.
You should also talk about why you’re setting these resolutions with your kids so they understand why it’s important for them to behave in certain ways. For example: “I’m working on being nicer because I want people who are around me all the time (like my family) to feel happier.” This way everyone can work together towards achieving the same goal—and most importantly—making sure everyone has a good time doing it!
Remember To Keep Resolutions Age Appropriate
Make sure to set SMART goals!
- Use a checklist to help your child stay on track
- Make sure they are age appropriate
- Make sure they are achievable
- Make sure they are realistic
- Make sure they are measurable
- Make sure they are time bound
Remind Your Kids That Resolutions Take Time
It’s a good idea to set a timeline for your goals, which will help you and your child stay motivated. You might want to chat about how long it takes for other people to achieve their resolutions, and what kind of effort they put in. The more realistic you are about what they can achieve, the better. It’s also important that you keep them motivated and on track so that they don’t lose interest halfway through their goal-setting journey.
Resolution Ideas For Kids
One of the best parts about the New Year is that it’s a time for reflection, and a chance to set goals for the coming year. As you look back on 2018, what are some things you’d like to change? There are so many ways you can use this opportunity to make your kids’ lives better, including:
- Eating healthier
- Getting active (play outside more often)
- Reading more books
- Helping out around the house instead of watching TV all day long!
- If they’re old enough, put them in charge of helping out with chores. This will show them that doing chores makes a difference in how clean and organized their home is—and it teaches them invaluable skills like responsibility, organization and time management too! Plus when they see how much better everyone feels after taking care of their responsibilities without complaining about it – then maybe next time someone asks them if they want something sweet before dinner – they’ll just say NO thanks!
We know it can be a challenge to get your child to set goals and stick to them, but with the right tools, you can make sure they reach their potential. We hope these tips have given you some ideas on how to help your kids set resolutions that are meaningful to them.