It’s the beginning of a brand-new year and I’m sure that many of you have already sat down and written a list of resolutions to start off the year right. Some parents think that new year’s resolutions are just for them as adults. However, parents can help their children make changes and improvements in their behaviors and habits by encouraging and helping their children to make new year’s resolutions too.
In her online article 8 Ways to Help Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions, author Wendy Schuman gives some good advice. First, she encourages parents to be role models for their children in making and following through with resolutions. For example, if eating healthy is at the top of your list as a parent, make sure that you do your best to purchase healthy food and eat it. Include your children in making healthy food choices and planning healthy meals. And, ensure that there are plenty of nutritious snacks around, as we all know that kids love to snack.
Second, have your child write a short list of resolutions of just 2 or 3. Ask your child: “What is the most important improvements that he would like to make?” A long list can lead to frustrations when your child does not achieve every single item listed.
Third, be positive. Don’t look for every time that your child has not followed through on a resolution and nag about it. A nagging or criticizing parent can cause a child to develop a lack of self-confidence. Instead, if your child does not follow through, try to remind him of the many successes that he has had in the past. Encourage him to not give up and continue toward making the resolution a reality. Each day is a new day and your child can always begin again.
Fourth, develop a family ritual around resolutions. Get together as a family and share each person’s resolutions. Make them meaningful. Be kind and loving to each other rather than critical and judgmental. This is the beginning of a fresh new year that God has blessed you and your family with.
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