While many adults have either made or will be making New Year’s resolutions like getting fit or eating healthier or getting out debt, the new year is also a good time for kids to make resolutions and goals for the upcoming year.
According to Christine Carter, author of “Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents,” kids ages 7-12 are at the ideal stage to learn to make resolutions.
“They’re still young enough that their habits are not firm,” Carter said. “They’re old enough to think about what a New Year’s resolution is and to make their own - yet parents can still help guide them. They’re not going to get the same backlash as from a teenager.”
Here are a few ways, according to Understood.org, to help your child create a New Year’s goal:
1. Specific: The resolution should include your child’s goal, the skill they are working on and how they will achieve it.
2. Measurable: Your child should track their process on a chart or in regular check-ins with you.
3. Attainable: The goal should be ambitious but realistic. Something that will stretch your child’s skills but not overwhelm them.
4. Results-oriented: The resolution should explain what they will be able to do once they have reached their goal.
5. Time-bound: Your child’s resolution should specify a reasonable time frame and can include mini-goals along the way.
6. Relevance: Your child should want to set and reach their goals.