Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions With Kids
Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions With Kids
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

With every new year, millions of people across the world make resolutions that they may—or may not—stick to. Whether the goal is to exercise more, read a book every week, or spend more time with family, the drive to attain this objective often fizzles out within a month or two. Kids sometimes want to create resolutions as well, but without the proper planning and resources, they may have a hard time completing them. Help your kids (and yourself) set realistic goals for improvement in 2019 with some of these helpful tips.

  • Break up goals. Having one extremely big or difficult task to complete can be pretty intimidating. Breaking up goals into short-term and long-term can help kids get organized and see a more realistic path for completing the project. For example, if a kid has a goal to write a book, help him or her set specific deadlines for each chapter.

  • Stay flexible. Sometimes, certain circumstances can halt progress; it’s important to keep a level head and understand that some things are out of our control. Adapt to changes and reevaluate goals as needed throughout the course of the year. This will help kids see that they can overcome challenges and continue achieving what they aspire to.

  • Be realistic. Kids often have wild imaginations, and that can lead to disappointment if unrealistic resolutions aren’t fulfilled. Refocusing goals to concentrate on more achievable, but still exciting, tasks can help kids understand the importance of setting realistic resolutions.

  • Ask for help. Reminding kids of the resources they can utilize throughout the process of completing a new year’s resolution will encourage them to work with others and use outside knowledge to get things done. Whether it be asking parents for help on a project or consulting the internet for new things to try, they’ll realize they don’t have to do it alone.

  • Track progress. Keeping a journal or some sort of progress tracker can help kids stay aware of their goals and what they might want to do next. Writing down resolutions holds them more accountable and can help them organize and reevaluate when needed.