Many people around the U.S. and the world make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a running joke among many that these resolutions are made to be broken. However, this doesn’t have to be the case — and your child can learn a lot by setting and reaching his or her own goals.
Now is the perfect time for you and your child to write your New Year’s resolutions, plan how to accomplish them, and put that plan into motion. Here’s a “how to” guide to help you and your child achieve your 2017 goals.
Make realistic goals
Many people swear off sugar or say they will diet for an entire year— goals set up to make them fail. Instead, encourage your child to create a goal they can realistically accomplish. Try creating one piece of art a month or reading one fun book a month.
Creating attainable goals can help your child learn the value of bigger, more important life choices like proper budgeting, saving for college, and other actions that will deeply impact your child’s life.
Create a plan
This is one place where many New Year’s resolutions fail. People set a goal, but don’t plan out how to get there. Ask your child how they will accomplish their goal. Perhaps they need canvas, a library card, or a savings account to set them up for success. By planning everything out, your child will be able to see the steps they must take along the way.
Set up deadlines
After a plan is created, help your child give himself targets and deadlines by which they must accomplish specific actions. You may want to buy your child a physical calendar on which they can mark important dates for achieving their stated goals.
Ask for help in your own resolutions
Talk to your child about keeping you accountable for achieving your resolutions — and vice versa. By being accountability partners, both of you should be able to help each other reach your yearly goals.
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