Remember those New Year resolutions? We talked about goals in our How to Help Your Child Write (And Accomplish) New Year’s Resolutions post, but we know keeping resolutions can be difficult! Here are a few steps to get you over that February slump:
- Sit down with the kids and revisit the goals you all set for the year.
Haven’t done those yet? No problem! We put together a free downloadable goal worksheet. Go through the sheet together and set some goals that are realistic but still challenging. (If you set goals that are challenging, stick to them! More importantly, surround yourself with people that will help you reach your goals instead of telling you they’re “impossible”.)
In the goal worksheet, we created a few sections to fill out: – In the main area, define their/your goals. Be specific here! Instead of “read more,” make a goal of “read 12 books this year.”
– In the second box, write down why these goals are important to the goal setter. Why do you/they want to achieve these goals?
– In the next box, write down some steps that need to be taken to achieve these goals. For example, if the goal is to read 12 books in 2017, start placing books by the bed, in the car, in the living room, etc. Put them in places you know will be frequented and start swapping out the electronics. If time is spent on the phone browsing Facebook after dinner, spend that on reading instead.
– In the fourth box, write down the date you would like to complete your goals. For example, “Read one book a month for 12 months.” That gives you ~30 days each month to read a book. Track your progress and make a note of books you’ve read to showcase your accomplishments.
– In the last box, think about your/their support team. Something that could be both a “how” and “who” that will help you reach your goals is to start a book club. If you all want to read different books, get together once a month with friends and share books you’ve read and keep each other accountable. Your kids could start a book club too! It will make reading more fun for everyone.
Use multiple sheets if needed, and define one goal per sheet. Get specific, and use milestones and smaller goals to reach the ultimate goal.
- After goals have been set, display them somewhere everyone can see, like on the refrigerator. This is to inform everyone so that they can encourage and help one another reach their goals. Recognize and acknowledge their hard work when goals are met.
- Make it a family thing. If the whole family is working toward their goals, it creates a sense of comradery. This can make it easier for goals to be accomplished. Be each other’s cheerleaders!
Hopefully this worksheet is helpful to you and your family! For our students, the Delphi Program revolves around a basic concept: get students to use their education to challenge life’s problems and goals every day. We know that instilling this in them early on will help them to challenge their problems and goals for the rest of their lives. As a parent, you can get involved! When students, faculty, and parents decide together on common goals, almost anything can be accomplished.
For more information on the Delphi Program, visit our informative guide on the website here. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email! We’d love to hear from you.