It's never too early to start making positive changes in your child's life, and new year resolutions are a great way to do so! Find out how you can help your child make and keep to 2016's new year resolutions.
So you blinked three times and all of a sudden, it’s the final days of 2015. Well, farewell 2015 and hello New Year 2016!
Amidst all these celebrations, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your kids to make new year’s resolutions.
Your children are definitely not too young to make New Year’s resolutions because a lot of their habits are not as yet fixed in stone. Bad habits are much easier to relinquish at an early age. So what can you do to help your kid along in making, and keeping, his new year’s resolutions?
Suggest and discuss
Before you decide on how you are going to help your child keep his resolutions, consider what changes you would like him to institute.
A good way to do this, is to suggest resolutions and keep these options open to discussion. Your child might not know what kind of resolutions to formulate, so your suggestions can be an effective guide and starting point. But, if you dictate the resolutions that you feel he should take on, it becomes a rather preachy exercise and your child will simply be turned off. Instead of a positive exercise, it becomes criticism against him. Rather than saying “Here’s what’s wrong with you.”, you need to say “None of us are perfect, but we can always work toward making ourselves better people. What do you think you can do to be the best version of yourself?”
Moreover, if your child comes up his his own resolutions, chances are, he will be more motivated to keep to them as 2016 plods along.
Small and achievable goals
Encourage him to want to change for the better, but keep these expectations realistic. Some kids are prone to make grandoise statements, for example – “I will not eat sweets for an entire year!” (Yeah, right.). Or perhaps you yourself get carried away with the idea.
Whatever the case may be, it is best to restrain either your or his enthusiasm. Keep to attainable and realistic resolutions to ensure that your child’s enthusiasm doesn’t just peter off with impossible to achieve goals.
Simplify into steps
It is one thing to decide on an objective, quite another to actually go about getting it done. Despite his best intentions, your child might not know how exactly to go about keeping to his resolution. This is where your role as a parent comes in, and you could map out a course of actions for him to follow.
For instance, if his resolution is not to lose his belongings, perhaps, you could start by labelling all his possessions, then tell him what kind of mental checks that he should run through before leaving a place.