Most of us look at the start of a new year as a time to start fresh, which is why resolutions are such a large part of the New Year’s tradition. As parents, we want what is best for our children and will do everything in our power to help them succeed which makes New Year’s a perfect opportunity to teach them about goals and resolutions. Keep reading for four tips on how to help your child create and keep a New Year’s resolution all year long.
1. Set a Good Example: Kids, especially younger kids, tend to mimic their parents behavior so it’s up to you to set the tone for the whole year. If you decide to set a resolution, stick to it. It’s also a perfect opportunity to talk to your child about taking responsibility for their actions.
2. Explain It: Experts suggest the first step is to help your child understand what a goal is and explain it to them in terms they will comprehend. Give them some space to think about their own resolutions. After some time, discuss their resolutions and work together to come up with ways to make it happen.
3. Take it Slow: You know that sometimes keeping our resolutions can be tough, but it CAN be done. Help your child come up with smaller goals that work toward their larger resolution. Dr. Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, says to create six tiny steps that will help lead to the goal and practice each one every week.
4. Follow Up: This is important because it helps teach your child about accountability. Follow up with your child throughout the year and keep track of their progress. Meet as family so everyone can talk about their struggles and successes. If your child is struggling to keep their resolution, work together to find solutions.
Check out this great article from Parents.com for more tips and information on how to help your children create and stick to a New Year’s resolution.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year -- and to developing resolutions that stick!