Happy New Year! The start of a new year is usually the time when many Americans make resolutions they hope to keep throughout the year (whether they keep them is another story). This annual tradition shouldn’t exclude kids, who can work towards healthy goals with your help and guidance.
Obviously, you’re not going to suggest to your kids that they should drink less, or spend less time at the office. However, you can get them on the right path to improvement with these six tips to help them choose a realistic (and healthy) goal for 2016…
1. Be Positive about Resolutions
As you probably know, your kids mimic your every move, and if you are very hesitant to make a resolution, so likely will they be. Parents magazine says that you shouldn’t suggest resolutions to kids in a negative way, as if they’re doing something wrong. Just treat it like a self-improvement exercise (and keep in mind more physical activity is a great way to improve), and a chance for your children to challenge themselves.
One way to get kids on board with this is by pointing out their accomplishments instead of their mistakes throughout the previous year, notes the article. Remind them that by pushing themselves a little harder, they can accomplish things they didn’t yet think were possible (like learning a new instrument).