It’s that time of year again – time to establish New Year’s resolutions! While some people dread this annual event, we see it as an opportunity! Setting resolutions as a family, or developing individual goals together at the same time, is a great way to embrace the upcoming year!
Here are some ways to approach setting goals that take effect January 1:
A Family Affair
Sit down as a family to establish goals for the year ahead. Not only does everyone have a say in what the next year looks like for you as a family, it’s a fun activity that helps ensure everyone is on the same page moving forward.
Depending on the age of your child, you may need to help guide his or her resolution. As a parent, it may be hard to refrain from making this decision yourself (because parents know best right?), but try to ask broad questions to determine your child’s personal, friendship and/or school goals. If your child generates a long list of new goals he or she would like to pursue, narrow it down to two or three, which will make sticking to those resolutions an easier task.
If you decide to set resolutions for yourself as well, realize your child is watching. How you approach your goals will directly impact how your child approaches his or hers. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re struggling, and talk openly with your child about responsibility.
Attitude is Everything
Let’s face it, even as adults it’s hard to keep resolutions, but having a can-do attitude makes a world of difference. In addition to staying positive about your own resolutions, encourage your child when he or she struggles to stick to his or her goals, too. What else will make resolutions a success? Breaking each goal down into simple, easy steps. Accomplishing the little things will boost your child’s attitude while also making resolutions seem less daunting.
You Can Do It!
With the support of your family, we firmly believe you will accomplish the new goals you have for the new year. And don’t forget to celebrate achievements! Let your child know just how proud of him or her you are.
Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!
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