It’s a new year and with it comes the chance to start fresh … a clean slate … determined to do something new. Last year roughly 65% of Americans said they planned to make New Years Resolutions, including the ever-popular ones – work out more, eat better, spend more time with family, travel more and save more – spend less.
While most resolutions fall apart by the end of January, it doesn't mean you shouldn’t make them or that you shouldn't talk to your kids about making them. After all, this is their chance to turn the page, set some goals or start fresh as well, right? I challenge all parents to sit down with their kids and make a short list of goals for 2019. Make the goals age appropriate, not super easy to achieve and visible to see. Here are some suggestions:
Do Chores & Get Allowance – Chores can help teach kids how to earn, save, share and spend wisely. They also teach a child about being responsible, accountable and managing time. With an allowance, your child can learn about how money works and why it’s important to manage it.
Break a Bad Habit – Poor posture, biting your nails, too much TV: all great candidates for New Year's resolutions. Quitting can be tough, but with encouragement your child can learn about determination and willpower — qualities that are valuable for years to come.
Cut Down on Sweets – This is a great one for many reasons, but make sure to determine what cutting down really means. If your child regularly eats candy and cookies everyday after school, make the goal just twice a week. Remember to start small to achieve success!
No Technology After 8 p.m. – Studies have shown that kids who stay on technology right up to the point of going to bed, don’t sleep as well as those that have time to calm down. Getting a good night's sleep is important and can increase energy and improve concentration.
Better Grades – First of all, demanding straight A’s won’t get you straight A’s. Take a realistic look at the grades your child has and why he/she has them. Then determine a goal, as well as, a plan to hit the goal. As a parent, try to be involved in the homework routine, but don’t solve every problem for the kids.
Less TV, More Activity – Exercise is important for a healthy heart and brain. There’s a reason all the professional sport leagues have started campaigns to promote kids being more active. Set some time each day when your kids to get out to do something.