January 7, 2020
New Year, New Goals!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As adults, January is all about New Year’s resolutions and creating vision boards for ourselves, but what about the kids? How can we help our kids meet their goals and remain positive?
Start off by teaching your kids how to set short-term goals. Explain to them that goals do not have to involve long, complicated tasks. Allow your kids to choose their own short-term goals and provide plenty of praise once those goals are met.
Some examples of short-term goals are:
- Exercise by going roller skating for 30 minutes.
- Reading a chapter from a favorite book.
- Make 5 rebounds during the next basketball game.
- Learn the meaning and spelling of a new word (daily/weekly).
Your next step will be teaching how to set long-term goals. For example:
- Getting exercise by roller skating could become a once, twice, or even three times a week activity with a long-term goal of becoming physically fit.
- Reading a book (for fun) each week.
- Playing at least a few minutes in each district basketball game.
- Saving part of a weekly allowance with the long-term goal of buying something special in the future.
Check out these links on how to explain goal setting to kids!
Miss Lauren Schneider, M.Ed.
Professional School Counselor