New Year’s resolutions are a great way to create some healthy new habits for kids. Healthy habits learned now, when they are still young, benefit kids their whole lives. Achieving goals that they set for their New year resolutions will also affirm their belief in themselves (yes, they can!) and improve confidence and self-esteem.
There are three parts to New Year’s Resolutions. Making them, keeping them and setting some kind of reward for goals achieved. For making the resolutions explain the SMART method to your kids.
Helping kids keep the resolutions is the other side of the story.
Let there be joy. It’s a new year, a new beginning, and a new chance to do better than ever. Let your child feel the excitement and the sheer unalloyed happiness associated with making and achieving goals. Let her know that it’s her chance to shine and the world is her canvas. All it takes is choosing what she wants to shine at and working towards it steadily.
Don’t choose your child’s goals because that is setting her up for failure. Your goals are not his or her goals; let your child takes ownership of their own life. Instead, suggest general categories that they can choose from and then help them narrow it down.
When you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk and this goes for New Year’s Resolutions. If you are advocating for healthy eating goals for your kids, want them to exercise daily or stick to a study schedule, it would be best if you made matching resolutions and stuck to them like superglue. When your kids see you keeping your resolutions, chances of them working hard at keeping theirs increase dramatically.
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