New Year's Resolutions For Kids
It is a New Year with new beginnings, which makes it the perfect time to reevaluate goals and make resolutions. Are you planning to lose weight? Stop smoking? Spend Less? For me, one of my goals is to make sure I am devoting quality time with my children. And what better way to start my resolutions, than to sit down with my son and talk to him about his own resolutions, or goals for the New Year.
Talking to your children about New Year’s resolutions can be positive and motivational since it helps to focus on new beginnings. It also allows children to set goals and work on obtaining them. The important point to remember is that we should help our children pick attainable (trying to fly to the moon is a tad unrealistic!) and fun goals that they will enjoy reaching.
If you are helping your children come up with new resolutions this year, here are a few ideas:
1. Financial– Help kids make goals to be financially responsible this year. Are your kids old enough for an allowance? How are they spending their money? Set up a bank account and allow them to start saving. Even little amounts will help them to start to learn money sense and value what they have.
2. Healthy Living – Many New Year’s resolutions revolve around getting fit, yet for many children who don’t need to lose weight, a focus can be to stay active. Playing at recess, riding a bike, starting a new sport – allow your children to pick their favorite activity to focus on this year. My son is excited to continue playing baseball this year, so his resolution is to practice more.
3. Educational – Depending on the age of your child this can vary, and since my children are young, their goals are simple. This goal can focus on grades, or something more specific, such as reading more books or learning more about a favorite subject.
4. Helping Others – Volunteering at church or school, adding chores around the house, deciding to befriend the new kid at school, or just resolving to not pick on his or her younger brother. This resolution will help children think of others in the New Year.
Make sure you have fun when you are picking resolutions – and unlike most adults, try to pick goals that they can reach!
Do you help your kids make resolutions for the New Year? What other resolutions would you add to this list?