The new year is a symbol of new beginnings. Many adults assume resolutions made on New Year's Eve and Day are for grownups and children do not need to participate, but that is a mistake. Between the ages of seven and 12, kids form habits that may follow them into adulthood. Also, they are old enough to understand the concept of a resolution.
Too many people see resolutions as challenges or impossible feats; much of that belief stems from the bad habit of making impossible or vague resolutions. New Year's resolutions can be fun and uplifting for the entire family.
Set a Positive Example
Kids often learn their best and worst habits from their parents. The adage, "do as I say, not as I do," is a fallacy. Children learn to behave by watching their parents; that is just as true for setting and adhering to resolutions.
You must set an example if you want your children to make responsible and reasonable New Year's resolutions. Tell your children about your resolutions and why you chose the ones you did. Also, share how you intend to make yourself accountable so you see real change and growth.
How To Suggest Resolutions
Children often need help to devise realistic resolutions, especially if they have never done it before. You can help them by suggesting age-appropriate goals and categories. You will also want to guide your children toward clear goals with accountable actions.
For example, your little one may say they want to eat better because it is something they have heard you say. While nothing is wrong with eating healthier meals, help them clarify the goal. Eating healthier for them would include having one fruit with breakfast and one vegetable with dinner, or it's as simple as taking Wellements Organic Multivitamin Drops daily.
Help Set Realistic Goals
Learning to set realistic goals is crucial to create a sustainable resolution plan. If goals are too broad or restrictive, your little one will probably fail, which can hinder confidence and self-esteem — the same is true of goals you set for yourself.
New Year's resolutions should be attainable. While some goals will help people make dramatic transformations, remember the primary aim is to make manageable changes toward a bigger goal. If you can help your little one create realistic resolutions, they will likely follow through and establish self-assurance.
Create a Plan of Action
With a realistic resolution established, it is time to help your little one create a plan of action. Some objectives require little planning, like eating one fruit with breakfast and one vegetable with dinner; the plan is in the resolution. Others may need more effort.
If your child settles on reading more, ask them what that looks like to them. For example, your little one may want to get to where they read for one hour daily. If they are starting from zero minutes daily, it is better to start small. They should start by reading for 10 to 15 minutes three times per week and build from there. Committing to resolutions is about establishing healthy habits.
Consider Making Some Resolutions Together
Family resolutions are an excellent way to help children make and keep annual promises for improvement. For example, a family can commit to performing one charitable act per month, like donating clothing and toys or picking up trash at a local park. The family can and should decide on the activity together. As with personal resolutions, the family resolution should be realistic and actionable and aim to improve the unit.
New Year's is a time for reflection and renewal. A resolution is both an observance of the past and a promise for improvement. Your children can benefit mentally, emotionally, and possibly physically from making New Year's promises. Help them and guide them to success.