Making a New Year's Resolution: It's Not Just for Grownups

Making a New Year's Resolution With Your Child
Making a New Year's Resolution With Your Child
This year, involve your child in yearly January tradition. They’ll love ringing in the New Year with their very own resolution, and it will give them the chance to practice setting a goal and following through.

The New Year is just around the corner, and many of us are making resolutions to better ourselves and improve our lives. But who says it’s just for grownups? This January have some fun, and set a New Year’s resolution with your child.

Your children are bound to love ringing in the New Year with their very own resolutions. And there are lots of benefits to your child coming up with their own resolutions: Self-discipline, self-improvement, commitment, and the value of making goals and following through.

Help Your Child Make a New Year’s Resolution that Will Stick

  1. Get the family involved. Sit down together and reflect on the past year and discuss accomplishments and goals.
  2. Make them specific. Just resolving to “do better in school” probably won’t work. Set a specific goal.
  3. Write them down. Have each family member write down their resolution and post the list somewhere where it can be seen often.
  4. Be a role model. Come up with a resolution of your own. If your child sees you stick to your resolution; odds are they will too.
  5. Pick a reward. Having something fun to work towards can always be a good incentive. Just be sure you both agree on the reward ahead of time.

For more information about parenting and integrating activities for your family, visit Children’s Services at Renown.