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?
The year 2013 is almost here, which means we will begin to create our list of resolutions very soon. Even though many children may not understand what New Year’s resolutions are, we created a fun list that we bet parents would be jumping for joy over if their children actually resolved to do these things (we know we would!):
- I will not throw food or toys at my brother/sister
- When I scream about something, I won’t shriek or make my parents jump out of their skin
- I will work on trying to understand what the word “no” means (but all I can do is “try”)
- I will say thank you more
- I will not color on objects that are not meant to be colored on
- I will not leave my toys out where my parents can trip on them
- I will not be the pickiest eater that my parents know
- I will not lose interest in anything my parents buy me for at least a month
- I will not ask silly questions that no one can answer but me
- I will give more hugs and kisses each and every year
What resolution would add to this list for your child?
Have a Happy New Year!
We’d like to wish everyone a safe New Year’s celebration and a very happy 2012, from our family here at Step2 to yours!
Family is very important to us here at Step2, so our office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd in observance of the New Year holiday so that we too can celebrate the holiday with our families. We will be back to assist you at 8am ET on Tuesday, January 3rd.