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.
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?
As a child, waking up to presents on Christmas Day is an incredible feeling of excitement and love. Six-year-old Garrett Tews believes that every child deserves to feel that type of love and excitement, even if they don’t get to spend Christmas at home. That is why for the second year in a row, he has donated teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the UAMC Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.
Last year, Garrett rounded up 150 stuffed animals to give to the children at the two hospitals. This year, the amount he collected has doubled! To collect so many stuffed animals, Garrett went to local businesses and placed boxes where people could leave new stuffed animals for the patients.
Garrett says he wants to keep giving to the children at the hospitals each and every Christmas. This Thursday, we thank Garrett for his generosity and devotion to making others smile.
Christmas time is here and that means that holiday concerts are in full swing at most schools. There is nothing quite like hearing hundreds of gleeful children sing the classic songs dedicated to the holidays.
Five-year-old Claire Koch is a child of two deaf parents. Although Claire’s parents could not hear her perform at the holiday concert, she found a way to make sure they were able to listen to the show. As a surprise to her parents, Claire performed the whole show in sign language. Her parents were in awe by Claire’s thoughtful gesture and amazing recital.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Claire on her terrific performance!
Here is just a preview of the songs Claire performed in sign language:
Would you like an appreciation day dedicated to someone special in your life? The football team at Williams School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts decided to do just that by devoting a day to one of their beloved classmates. In an effort to stop their water boy Danny Keefe from being bullied, the fifth grade football team created a day called Danny Appreciation Day.
Six-year-old Danny has overcome many hardships during his lifetime. Danny struggles with a speech condition that was caused due to a brain hemorrhage at birth. Yet, he does not let his speech impediment bother him; he is a bright and cheery young man that is adored by his peers. By choice, Danny wears a suit and tie to school every day. The football team thought it would be a good idea on Danny Appreciation Day to also wear a suit and tie and stand by his side to show that Danny is just like everyone else.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor Danny and the Badgers football team for taking a stand against bullying and promoting acceptance for children of all abilities.