Goal Setting for Kids: 4 Simple Tips for Your Child in the New Year
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults! It’s the perfect time to start goal setting for kids. Help your child kick off the New Year right with these easy tips.
January is the perfect time for a fresh start. Have you discussed with your child what his goals are for the New Year? Allow him to set his own goals, so he can truly experience the satisfaction of seeing them through to the end.
If your child is self-motivated, he is likely to have a vested interest in achieving his personal goals. Having individual goals to work towards brings purpose to the actions in our daily lives. Having a conversation with your child about what he would like to improve and accomplish can open doors to expand his horizons.
Here are some tips on discussing goal setting with your child and keeping up with goals all year long.
1. Keep the goals realistic, specific and measurable.
It’s important to not overwhelm your child with too many goals. Help narrow them down to a couple and make sure they are realistic and measurable. We want our kids to learn the importance of following through on every goal.
2. Create a plan of action.
After deciding on the goal, plan the necessary steps needed to achieve success. There is a big difference between wanting to achieve something and actually doing it. Parents play an important part in helping children get there.
3. Help your child stick with it.
Have your child commit his goal to a family member, teacher or friend in order to develop accountability and stay on track. Check in periodically to see how he’s doing and if the plan to achieve the goal(s)needs to be adjusted.
4. Keep the goal in mind.
Displaying a goal in a visible place like the wall in the kitchen can serve as a good reminder. Reflecting on how far your child has come and where he wants to go next is an invaluable activity. Consistent encouragement will also go a long way.
Setting goals with your child can be fun and exciting, a time for growth, and an opportunity for family bonding.