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Kids and New Year’s Resolutions

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? Where did the year go? It honestly feels like we just started 2018 a month or so ago! Many of us are already thinking about 2019 and the things we are going to (or want) to do differently. As the year draws to a close, some of us will actually put our goals for 2019 down on paper and acknowledge them as our “official” New Year’s Resolutions. Personally, I love making New Year’s resolutions. I find it fun to think about the future and the things I want to accomplish and then to make a plan for how I’m going to reach my new goals.

So, I’ve been thinking: if we (adults) make New Year’s resolutions why don’t we talk to our kids about making their own resolutions for the upcoming year? While New Year’s resolutions are meant to be a fun thing to do to start the new year off, it’s really nothing more than goal setting. And, learning how to set and achieve goals is something that we should be teaching our children how to do. Why not start when they’re young enough to understand the basic concept of what it means to set (and achieve) a goal?

If you think teaching your little ones about goals, then why not start this year? Below are some suggestions for how you can help your little ones make their own New Year’s resolutions and how you can help them achieve those goals.

Talk to them on their level. As adults, we tend to think about things in a more mature, in-depth manner, which can be confusing for young children. When you talk to your little ones about New Year’s resolution, over-simplify it so they can understand it. Be sure to use examples…