New Year's Resolutions for Kids


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.

  1. Specific: Explain that it’s better to pinpoint a goal then to make a vague resolution like I will do better at my studies. Setting a goal such as getting more than say, 90% in every math test for the next term would be more specific.
  2. Motivating: Provide motivation, explain how getting good marks in math relates to the child’s dreams and ambitions.
  3. Attainable: Make sure the resolution your child makes is attainable. If they are weak at math, setting goals of more than 90 percent will only end in disheartening the child.
  4. Relevant: Resolutions should be beneficial to the life of a child, such as healthy eating, better study habits, more exercise, and better hygiene goals. These all have tangible benefits in comparison to reading every x-man comic ever published. While that may be fun, it is also time lost that could have been spent learning.
  5. Trackable: Set goals that can be tracked, whether they are goals that end in results being sent home or something like brushing teeth, daily exercise or healthy eating goals that can be tracked on a homemade chart.

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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