Nearly 45% of American adults consistently partake in the tradition of creating New Year’s Resolutions; ranging from health, careers, to relationships. However, that doesn’t mean kids should be left out of the tradition. Having your kids make New Year’s Resolutions can teach them self improvement and make them feel a part of the tradition their parents make, and can be a fun thing you do with your kids during the holidays. Instead of telling them what to do, encourage them to make that decision themselves. Here are some New Year’s Resolution ideas for your children:
Kids Ages 6-12
At this age, it’s important to teach basic responsibility, routine and self-discipline. Specifically, children at this age should be encouraged to improve their help and listening skills.
- Clean up after themselves; toys, after eating, etc.
- Washing their hands after using the bathroom or playing outside
- Be nice to other kids at school
- Make sure to brush teeth twice a day
- Help mom/dad clear or set the table for dinner
- Always wear proper equipment when playing (helmet, pads, etc.)
- Help mom/dad with yard work
At this age, your children are more independent and growing into adulthood, so help teach them to make better decisions on their own
- Reduce computer/video game time
- Learn a new skill (sport, instrument, craft, etc.)
- Volunteer in the community more (set a specific time, maybe once a month)
- Resist peer pressure to do anything I don’t want to do (can include alcohol, drugs, or any activity which makes them uncomfortable)
- Talk to parents more about what’s bothering me, and accomplishments
- Get at least 2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
- Set a goal for grades/specific class subject improvement
Instead of parents and children making separate New Year’s Resolutions, why not make them together? Family resolutions will help make the family more connected throughout 2016
- Game nights/family bonding
- Go on a hike, or a day-long outdoor activity together
- Volunteer together once a month
Each resolution depends on the child’s needs. It’s important to sit down at the end of the year and reflect on the year; what went well, what didn’t, what could be improved? Having that open discussion with your kids will flow right into the discussion of New Year’s Resolution. To encourage it throughout the year, display each family member’s resolution in a public place in the house. It also helps that each member is checking on other members. Imagine how your child feel if they could remind you to do your “chore”. Doing New Year’s Resolutions as a family can have tremendous effects on your children into adulthood, and can help your family grow stronger together and as individuals.