Tuesday, December 31

New Year Resolutions with Kids

Time has come again to review the year that was and to look forward to the forthcoming year with high expectations. While the moments that we had lived give us some lessons about life, the new year gives us opportunities on ways to make the most out of our valuable time. In this process, let us include our kids and formulate New Year resolutions.




Why Resolutions for New Year?


The resolutions for New Year help us to get a clear picture of areas where we need to get more structured and better. They help us to convert our mistakes into our accomplishments. It can be anything such as avoid giving things to friends who forget to return, forgo the habit of procrastination, or starting a new habit. Alternatively, you can resolve to learn a new skill or visit a new place. 

Such promises help to plan your year, months as well as days accordingly and provide a better life experience. With this approach, kids would understand the concept of resolutions better and would be eager to create for themselves.

How to make resolutions?                          



Making resolutions for the first time can be tricky or awkward as not just kids, adults may be confused about what they need to plan for. In such a scenario, the following points can be helpful-

- Ponder over the days gone by when things were not in your control due to your own habits or deeds. If you decide not to repeat the errors that happened in past then you need to make a promise to yourself about mending your ways.

- Time to work on your dreams, whether you thought of learning piano, or becoming a badminton champion, or make lots of friends. Create steps to achieve the same.

- Develop a new habit that inculcates self-discipline such as cleaning the room, making their own bed, having a routine of waking up and going to bed on time. 

Likewise, you can discuss these things with your children. Let them review some situations of their life when things were messed up (but without making them feel ill about themselves) and could have been avoided if they had the right approach or action at the right time. 

You can help them to derive a process that they need to follow in given situations to avoid create a happier new year. 



Age-appropriate resolutions

New resolutions with kids
Inspire your kiddo for creating her own new year resolution.

The goals need to be age-appropriate. You may make only one resolution but it should be practical enough to follow. For example, a six-year-old can promise to listen to his parents and follow their guidelines promptly. 

On the other hand, a fourteen-year-old can make a resolution to give justified time to his home assignments, his hobbies, house chores, and his friends. Moreover, older children can note down their goals and break them down into smaller goals.

 Remember, a long list of resolutions is difficult to follow. Therefore, stick to only a couple of promises and endeavor to follow them wholeheartedly.

Suggest Ideas for New Year Resolutions

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Suggest, not force your ideas on them. Let them think about what they want to accomplish, learn, or enjoy in the forthcoming year. Remind them of their successful efforts without highlighting their weaknesses. 

Guide them to think of what they can add to their personality or their efforts which would bring more joy or success or mindfulness in their life.




Include Follow-ups and Gentle reminders


New habits and resolutions take time to develop and become part of life. Therefore, agree with kids for a follow-up session on a weekly or monthly basis. Counsel them to be open to gentle reminders and discussions about their goals.

However, you need to be gentle and understanding in follow-ups, without being a nag all the time.

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Parents as role models


Parents can discuss their resolutions with their kids and the ways in which they are going to follow them. They can also ask for help from their kids to stick to their promises. It will inspire their children to follow the same path easily and willingly.

Hope the above ideas help you to plan New Year Resolutions with kids effectively.

The New Year is about to arrive. So, are you all geared up to greet the new year with your new resolutions and a big smile? Let me know in the comment section... waiting:)


8 comments:

  1. Just stumbled on your blog. What a wonderful store house of information!!
    Oh I made my New year list. Its up on my page
    http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/2014/12/the-new-year-resolution.html.

    Your post reminded me to get my 4 year old daughter onto making goals for herself too.

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  2. Thanks for sharing a few ideas to inspire kids with resolutions!

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  3. This is a really helpful post. I agree its so important to not force ideas onto your child. Wishing you a happy new year.

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  4. Thanks and same to you!

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  5. The majority of New Year's resolutions fail, so I don't make any as I don't want to start off a new year with a failure

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  6. Thanks. My kids are pre teen and teen and I hadn't thought about sitting down and doing this with them. Mom fail! Thank you for this post!

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    1. Hi dear, it's not mlm fail thing, just start when you can, have a good time!

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  7. What an inspirational post and with excellent tips. I will definitely share this idea and help my daughter create her own resolutions. What a fun thing to do!

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