The New Year is like a fresh start and as adults we often come up with a list of goals and resolutions that we look forward to accomplishing. Last year, we created a list of resolutions
that we wished our little ones would make. As funny as the list was, what if we actually helped our children to set goals for the New Year? Even better, what if we set goals as a family?
First, children must understand what goals are. Goals are something people work toward. For example, some athletes may want to get better at scoring points and some artists may want to become better at painting.
Creating goals together will help children to learn responsibility and ownership for their actions. Also, setting these goals together will build a strong family unit that does not let one another quit or give up on what they intend to accomplish.
Thanks to Breezy Mama and Notes on Parenting, we have compiled a list that will help you and your little ones create realistic goals for 2014:
- Age appropriate goals: Think of activities your little ones can do based on their age. For example, younger kids can try to put their toys away at least three times a week. Not only will kids be cleaning (which is always a plus!), but they will be learning how to count by the amount of times they clean up their playroom or bedroom each week. No matter what age your children are, work together to find a goal that they can achieve and learn from.
- Opportunity to lead: Give your children a chance to make their own goals. What do they think they need to work on? What is it that they think you, as a parent, can work on? These goals can be silly or serious; either way, they will help both you and your children realize that everyone has something they can work on.
- Have a family goal: Whether that goal is eating more veggies or more active play time, partake in this goal together. There should also be a prize once this goal is achieved – maybe a trip to the zoo or your family’s favorite park.
- Goal tracker: Make a chart that you can fill with stars. Each time someone in your family accomplishes a goal, put a star next to their name. After there are a certain amount of stars on the chart, a celebration is in order! Have a family party to congratulate everyone on all their hard work.
Have fun completing your goals together in 2014! Do you have any tips on how to create and achieve goals as a family for the New Year? What is your goal for 2014?
According to Eye Care Business, vision accounts for as much as 80% of the learning process for a child. It is important to known whether or not a child is having problems with their vision. If your child displays frequent eye rubbing, excessive blinking, delayed motor development, and failure to maintain eye contact, it may be time for an eye exam.
According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first eye exam when they are six months old. Toddlers should have an addition eye exam at age three and again before they enter the first grade.
Wearing glasses can be a big adjustment for children. To help your children get acquainted with their glasses, teach them how to embrace their glasses and new appearance. We found some tips from BabySitting.net that may help empower your children about wearing their glasses:
- Glasses are special: Glasses give kids super powers! Let your child know that glasses will help him to see better, and seeing better is a super power.
- Avoid teasing: There is a chance that your child might be teased for wearing glasses. However, by providing her with the confidence of liking her glasses, she might be able to disregard the negative words about her new appearance. Bullies may stop the teasing once they realize it does not faze your child.
- Pick the perfect pair: When it comes to selecting frames, give your child some options so he feels like he is in control of the situation. If he picks out his glasses, he may like them more than they would if mom or dad picked out a pair for him.
- Make glasses a part of the daily routine: Help your child put on her glasses every morning. This will help her to remember to wear them every day.
- Be positive: When your child fusses about wearing his glasses, just remind him that he will not have his “super power” if he does not wear his glasses. Try to be patient with their frustration and allow him to take small breaks from his glasses during his adjustment period.
- A lot of people wear glasses: If mom, dad, or another family member wears glasses it may make a child feel more comfortable to realize and understand she is not the only one who needs to wear them. Explain that many people wear glasses, which help each of them to see the world better.
What tips do you have when it comes to helping a child embrace their glasses?
As we approach the end of summer, many families decide to have their last family outings/activities of the season. The choice on what to do and where to go can be difficult; but going somewhere where your little ones can use their imagination will make the experience more fun! According to Parents.com, here are some adventure options that the whole family can enjoy while encouraging little minds to make believe:
- Botanical Gardens: You may not have to travel far to experience the beauty and majesty of a botanical garden. Children can put on their pretend wings and travel around the garden as fairies. For added fun, bring some bubbles and explore the magic of the beautiful outdoors.
- Tour a Castle: Whether you are on vacation or know of a neighborhood attraction nearby, take the family to a real-life castle! Your children can pretend to be kings, queens, princesses, and princes as they explore a large antiquated castle.
- Boat Tour: Have your children dress up as pirates as you plan a trip to find sunken treasure. Before the trip, children can create a treasure map they can use as they can explore the old pirate ship.
- Dinosaur Museum: Find a dinosaur museum while you are on vacation or close by your house. Children can learn about the history of dinosaurs while imaging that they have traveled back in time to the prehistoric era.
- Zoo: Animal lovers will enjoy seeing all of the animals at the zoo! Encourage children to make the noises of each animal they encounter. Take a trip through the rainforest and act like a family of explorers!
Where will you go this summer to spark your children’s imaginations?