What are some easy, realistic New Year’s resolutions parents can have their kids make for 2016? New Year’s Day is the traditional time to celebrate a new beginning, and this is a great opportunity to include your child in this timeless tradition. Helping your child come up with realistic New Year’s resolutions could help start of 2016 on an optimistic note while making positive changes. As parents, it’s important to practice what you preach. Resolutions are great to do as a whole family, which keeps everyone in check to keep their resolutions.
There’s a celebratory feeling to setting goals on New Year’s that doesn’t exist at other times of the year. Present resolutions optimistically—Every day is a new day, and you have a chance to reinvent yourself. Your tone is very important, if you present resolutions in a punishing, preachy way, then your children will be turned off to the idea. Make resolutions sound fun and rewarding to your children.
Start by going over the positive things your kids accomplished throughout the last year. Instead of pointing out shortcomings, be the chronicler of their previous successes and point to the bright spots where they did something well. After you’ve set the stage, look ahead and ask your kids what are some of the great things you want to do this year? What do you want to improve? What will make your life better and happier?
The big question parents have is should you make resolutions for your child? Most experts say no, but instead you can guide and suggest general categories for change, help your child clarify goals, and make sure they’re age-appropriate, but kids should come up with resolutions themselves. This is how they can successfully take ownership of their goals and learn to plan.
Still, most kids need a little guidance. It is helpful to come up with three or four broad categories such as personal goals, friendship goals, helping goals, and school goals, and then you can let your child fill in the specifics. Here are some examples of resolutions your children could make.
- I will clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
- I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
- I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
- I will help clear the table when I am done eating.
- I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
- I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help or am scared.
The New Year’s resolution is a time-honored tradition. Every year, adults make annual promises to themselves, so why not include your children in the process. Whatever resolution your child chooses, make sure the goal is attainable. Once your child is making some real headway and you are starting to see some progress, you should offer praise and encouraging words. Your approval will only make your little one want to keep up the good work. When you give your child a hug and tell them how proud you are of them it will make you both feel great!
It is very important to let your children feel involved in traditions. If you have any questions about the Montessori education or the Montessori method, contact us today at Milton Montessori School. Our Montessori preschool and daycare services conveniently serve children in Milton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Woodstock, and John’s Creek.