Teaching your child to overcome obstacles and accomplish their goals will help them learn perseverance and encourage healthy decision-making.
Since young children cannot fully understand the abstract concept of goals, it is the responsibility of the parent to help your child select appropriate goals.
By knowing your child, you can create an environment that enhances their strengths and supports their areas for improvement. Before starting the conversation with your children, have a few goals in mind to help guide them toward a productive, achievable, age-appropriate goal.
Focus on cooperation rather than competition. It’s not about who does it ‘better’ or ‘faster.’
How can your children help each other toward their goals? And how can they help you in yours?
Remember to lead by example: If you do not keep your commitments, neither will your child.
Since young children cannot understand ‘abstract’ thought yet, they must see their goals in a tangible way. Create a 2018 goal-board that you design together, or have a visual reminder of goals somewhere in the home. Have your child add their handprint or signature to show their commitment.
Focus on giving positive encouragement toward goals, rather than punishment for lack of success. How your child ‘feels’ about goals and their ability to be successful early on in life will set the tone for their self-esteem as an adult.
Check in on a regular basis with your child to keep them mindful of their
commitments. Try reviewing goals once a week with each child
individually, and once a month together as a family.