New Year’s Resolutions with Kids

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It’s that time of year again-time to make New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever thought about having your kids make goals for the new year too? Kids need time to reflect on the past year and make goals for the new year.

Spend some time talking with your child about school work, school behavior, homework, friends, home behavior, chores, etc. Ask your child to tell you some positives about these things. Then, ask your child to choose two areas that aren’t quite as positive. These will be the ones your child can make goals for the new year.

For example, if your child is not doing well in math at school, help your child make a goal to practice math facts for five minutes each night. Write the goal on paper and post it somewhere that your child will see it. Each night after your child practices math facts, he/she can put a sticker on the goal sheet. After a predetermined number of stickers are earned, your child gets to do something special with you.

Another example, if your child won’t do household chores without an argument, make a goal with your child that he/she will do his/her chores two times each week without being told. Write the goal on paper and post it somewhere that your child will see it. When your child does chores without being told, he/she can put a sticker on the goal sheet. After a predetermined number of stickers are earned, your child gets to do something special with you.

As adults, we often don’t keep our resolutions past January. Help your child work on their goals throughout the new year.

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