Helping Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions
With 2013 right around the corner, the age-old tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions is upon us. Engage children in this custom by encouraging them to take stock of their own lives and resolve to try new things, better themselves, and grow.
PBS Kids offers great ideas and resources for making New Year’s resolutions including making it a family affair, making them age-appropriate, serving as role models and recognizing the longevity of resolutions’ rewards.
Each family member gets a turn sharing something they are proud of and something they want to improve. It may help for parents to go first, to give children a model. If your child is old enough to write, he or she should write down their accomplishments and goals, and you can help your younger child by writing theirs down.
You can also help kids break down their resolutions into the assorted areas of their lives – home/family, school, personal, and friends. TeacherVision has a great lesson plan that can be incorporated in the classroom or at home, treat resolutions like promises to yourself!
If you manage to keep these promises, it will make you feel better about yourself. So, it’s important not to make wild resolutions that are too difficult to follow. Your promises to yourself should not be too hard to keep.
Remember, this is time for kids to both look ahead to the future but also reflect on the past year and recognize where they can improve. Make New Year’s resolutions an activity the entire family can get in on this year!