2020 has really been something. Just because 2020 seemed like a total bust does not mean we should give up our hope for 2021. Think back on your plans for 2020, do you think that you can adjust or revisit these goals in the new year? Why not change your vision to adjust with the times and get your kids involved as well!
Goals are not just for us adults either. Setting goals for little ones is just as important as adults. It is a great way to work towards something and be able to learn to fail and get back up. We all know not every goal we set out to obtain is always a success. 2020 has proven to us the need to pivot, be flexible, and problem solve.
Making resolutions with your kids can be a great family bonding experience. It can also open to you a little more about your child. Below you will find 4 ways to help your kids make resolutions and what lessons that can teach them along the way.
- Keep a positive approach. Goal setting and resolutions are truly about making ourselves happy. So, it is essential to keep an open mind and be positive when making resolutions with your little ones. Be there cheerleader instead of pointing out the short falls. Point out all the growth they made over the last year. Highlight huge accomplishments. Also avoid telling them their goal isn’t a good goal even if it a materialistic goal like collecting 25 new Pokémon. It is their goals and needs to reflect who they are.
- Suggest but do not tell them what resolutions to make. Ask questions about why they would like to build on. Brainstorm broad goals and milestones. Then talk to them about each broad goal helping them break down into an age appropriate attainable goal for each category.
- Do not end up with a list of ten or more resolutions. Have your child narrow their list down to about 3 or 4 top goals. It is important that we do not teach our kids it is about making a huge list of resolutions and not following through.
- Plan on how to obtain those goals but writing steps below each goal and how they plan to execute it.
There are so many lessons that can be taught by reaching your goals or even failing them. But the overall picture for our littles is support and encouraging them to reach high and go for their goals.
Lead Preschool Teacher
Social Emotional Coordinator