The new year is an exciting time for kids, especially as they go back to school after the holidays. Fresh off the celebrations of the last few months, it’s easy to make big plans, but not always easy to keep them! How can you help kids stay involved in New Year’s Resolutions?
- Stay Positive. Don’t let little setbacks (or even big setbacks) get you down. Sometimes we fail, and that’s OK! Help kids remember that every day is a chance to do a little better than you did the day before.
- Be a Good Role Model. Did you make any resolutions (like staying more active or eating healthier)? Keep them! You can even join your child in their resolution, whatever it is. For instance, if they’re resolving to keep their backpack tidy, consider doing the same with your purse or desk. Share progress with each other with pictures.
- Be Reasonable. Set specific, measurable goals that you can actually meet so you don’t get overwhelmed and set yourself up for failure.
- Make it Fun. Set up age-appropriate rewards like sticker charts, fun family outings, or much-desired video games, movies, or books. Turn resolution-keeping into a friendly family competition, with prizes for the family member who keeps their resolution the most days or weeks in a row.
Working together as a family is a great way to meet your goals in 2018 and beyond. From our family at Fun-E Farm to yours, we wish you a safe and happy new year!