January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions for Kids!

Today my blog is being taken over by  Tammylyne from Tales from Tammylyne.   She has some great ideas about making meaningful New Years Resolutions with your Kids!

January 1st us quickly creeping upon us, and you know what that means, time to start thinking about our New Years Resolutions. As I sit and ponder what resolutions I could make for 2011, I realized so many of them have to do with my child. Spending more time with her, helping her achieve her goals and getting more involved in her school activities.

There I sat with pen in hand writing down my resolutions when my little one asked what I was doing. That is when I realized what a valuable learning experience I could share with her. Though it’s a tradition many associate with adults, New Year’s resolutions can be made by kids as well. Helping your child create New Year’s Resolutions is a great way to teach your child the importance of setting goals. For kids to feel successful, they need to experience success so it’s best to suggest a resolution that is not to complexed. Do not use Resolutions to get chores done.This is not a goal your child would want to achieve.
Here are some examples you can suggest to your child.

* New Year's Resolutions for Preschoolers
* I will wash my hands before every meal
* I will donate some of my toys to a charity
* I will eat a new food once a month

* New Year's Resolutions for Grade Schoolers
* I will find a sport or after school activity to try
* I will go to bed on time
* I will be friendly to a someone at school who is shy

* New Year's Resolutions for Teens
* I will not give in to peer pressure to try cigarettes, drugs and alcohol
* I will volunteer at a shelter hospital or any other place that may need help
* I will spend at least an hour a day watching the news on television with my parents

While you work on your New Year’s resolutions this year, remember how much of an example we set for our children. If they see us achieve our goals, then they will want to achieve theirs too! Remember
to encourage your children throughout the year with positive communication. A hug and or saying "great job" when you see a goal being worked on can do wonders in boosting a child's ego and self esteem.

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

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