Tips to help your kids make a New Year’s resolution

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

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.