Resolutions can be a great way to set goals for the coming year and focus on self-improvement. Sometimes, this can be a challenge for kids! Here are 7 ways that you can help your kids make resolutions and stick with them.
- Be a role model. You can’t expect your kids to stick with their resolutions if you don’t follow through on your own. Make sure to set resolutions and show your kids how you complete them.
- Stay positive. Instead of focusing on the things that need to be improved from the previous year, focus on what they did right and how that success can be transferred to other activities! They’ll get more excited about their resolutions and you’ll have a happier kid on your hands.
- Keep the list small. If you make a resolution list that seems insurmountable, your child may feel overwhelmed and hesitant to do anything. Keep the list small and attainable so that they can actually succeed.
- Take baby steps. If the resolution is a big goal, break it into smaller steps towards success. For example, if your child wants to get better at soccer, make tiny objectives like spending one extra hour practicing per week.
- Make family resolutions. This can not only make the resolutions more achievable, they also make it a fun family bonding activity that could better your family as a whole! Working together to achieve your goals is a great way to spend quality time.
- Follow up. The best way to follow up is not through nagging, but through helping them figure out why they haven’t achieved their resolutions and what they can do to succeed. Sometimes resolutions are hard, and commiserating with your child while presenting solutions to the problem will be encouraging.
- Make it tradition. Try putting a fun spin on resolutions by making them a family tradition. Pick a day each year, put on your favorite holiday music, and decorate your resolution lists with doodles and colorful ribbon. Or try your own tradition! Be sure to share your ideas with us 🙂
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