A new year is near, which for many of us means it’s time to set goals for the next 12 months. Setting clear objectives for the new year can have a great impact on your child’s academic performance and general development, especially if you’re aware of what your child should be working towards.
If you’re looking for effective ways to set goals for your child, or interested in creating family New Year’s resolutions, keep reading!
Reflecting on the last 12 months can help you with goal-setting, decision-making, and prepare you for success in the upcoming year. The art of self-reflection is great for kids of all ages and adults alike, as hindsight can demonstrate someone’s biggest strengths and areas for improvement.
Here are some prompts to help you get started:
Once you’re done reflecting on the past year, you should discuss how your child feels about their achievements, and talk through some of the challenges they faced. The key to long-lasting habits that stem from setting goals is to celebrate even the smallest achievements and learn from past mistakes.
Here are some useful questions to ask:
Setting achievable goals is very important, as you don’t want to create unrealistic expectations or objectives that can’t be achieved. While these resolutions should be challenging, they should also be attainable and offer encouragement and motivation.
Here are some aspects to consider when setting realistic goals:
Keeping your child’s age in mind when setting goals for the new year is crucial.
For example, it would be unrealistic to aim for a preschooler to learn how to write fluently without any prior practice. Instead, you could focus on working on pre-writing skills, to ensure that you build a strong foundation for when your child is ready to start their writing journey.
Teach them that focusing on emotional and more personal goals is also extremely valuable. Here are some goals that focus on emotional and personal development:
Once your child’s goals for the new year are set and they’ve started working towards achieving them, make sure you check in on their progress.
Here are some things to look out for and discuss with your child:
Setbacks are completely normal, and they’re likely to happen. The concept of change can be difficult for children to deal with, but they also provide an opportunity to teach them that sometimes, things don’t go exactly to plan. If your child understands this concept, they’ll be able to more easily adapt to new goals without feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
It’s important to show them that change can be positive, and ultimately help them achieve their goals in a more efficient way. Always remember that the goals you and your child set for the year can, and will most likely, change, and that’s okay!
Goal-setting can feel like a very serious activity, especially for children. Making it fun shows that, while it’s important to have aspirations and goals for the new year, they don’t need to be taken too seriously!
Here are some ways to make goal-setting fun for the whole family:
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