Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year Resolution


January 1st is the time for a fresh start to a brand new year, so to inspire kids to get a good start in 2014, have them or encourage them to write their goals for 2014. This is the time for self reflection in order for individual growth and wisdom to occur with your child. If their goal is to read more, study hard, ace a test, get in to a play or on a sports team by the end of the year. I feel like setting goals to work towards is a great way to show that hard work will get you where you want to be. Even for a young child who really wants to get a certain game or even reaching a specific score on a game allows children to learn to work hard and practice so they reach their goals.

You can do several things with your kids who are between 6-12 years of age.
1. Create a long term goal depending on where they are in their life at that moment it could be anything that will take time and hard work, for example making a sports team by the end of the year.
2. You can take that long term goal and break it down to short term goals for them to achieve per month and then breaking it down to per week.

So for example:
My goal is to make the tennis team by next year-Long Term Goal
My goal is to play a tournament every month- Short Term Goal
My goal is to work on my serving skills each week- Short Term Goal
My goal is to practice every day for 3 hours-Short Term

Goal setting can also be for achieving better grades by the end of the year, or even learning to respect their sibling or parents.
Working on a goal allows your child to look forward to something when they reach their goal, it's a great self-esteem booster and a motivation booster as well. If you are having a hard time with your child being motivated turn the goal setting in to a game, like if they achieve a good grade on their test they will get to go out to their favorite place to eat, or choose a movie they want to see.

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