We often hear of adults making New Year’s resolutions on January 1 every year, but should kids set these goals too?
The first of the year is a time when people can easily track progress on healthy habits and good deeds. To decide which resolution you would like to work on in 2017, be sure to pick something that is attainable within the year. Limit your choices to one to three goals so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Here are some ideas for resolutions that the entire family can take part in:
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and see your dentist twice a year.
- Stop eating junk food – it can take a toll on your oral health!
- Eat at least two servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Donate hair to Locks of Love or similar charities.
- Stop negative self-talk like “I can’t do it”.
- Plan a monthly volunteer effort – like visiting nursing homes, planting trees, or working at a soup kitchen for a few hours.
- Learn new things – like how to sing, dance, or take it a step further with learning about constellations.
Here are some tips on how to keep your kids excited about their resolutions:
- Put the resolutions in writing and hang them someplace you see every day.
- Keep a positive approach to your resolutions. Don’t treat your goal as a burden, or your kid will pick up on that attitude.
- Don’t dictate resolutions. Let your kids choose what goals they would like to set for the year!
- Check in with your kids about how their resolutions are coming along – but don’t nag. Even adults have lapses throughout the year. Gently reaffirming the importance of meeting goals can get kids excited once again.
- Be each other’s cheerleaders.