Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Kids

anne the animated series episode 18 the witch of avonlea gilbert matthew anne marillaThe holidays have wrapped up and the new year is finally upon us. The optimism you might be feeling as parents is probably contagious and your kids might have started asking you about making their own New Year’s Resolutions.

Here are some tips, on helping your kids make their own resolutions.

The Power of Suggestion

Of course as parents, you probably have some suggestions of what your kids should work towards improving in the New Year. However, don’t just limit your suggestions to chores. Could your child work on being a little kinder, or maybe show more understanding to their siblings or peers?

While being tidier and helping out around the house is a great resolution, get them to think beyond daily chores. Resolutions are not just about household duties but working towards bettering oneself.

Choose One to Do Together

It’s always best to lead by example, so choose one that you can do together. Do you have a bad habit you’re looking to kick? Chances are, so does your kid. Make a pact to kick your bad habits together. Chances are, if your child sees you motivated and sticking to it, they will be inspired and feel empowered to do the same.

Conversely, with someone rooting for you, it will be more incentive to keep up with your resolution. This way, everyone wins.

Small Steps to Bigger Goals

The goal setting is great, many of us, especially children need to learn that it takes small steps to reach a large goal. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If there resolution is to clean their room more often, you may want to ask how they will achieve this goal. They may suggest by putting their toys away after they use them.

This will teach them that while a big goal may seem daunting, little steps toward it, make it achievable.

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