Upgrade Your Resolutions — 3 Goal Setting Activities The Kids Will Love
‘Tis the season of New Year’s resolutions, goal setting and life design. While this is generally a concept embraced by adults, the start of a new year can present an awesome opportunity for the whole family.
By no means restricted to the start of a new year, goal and resolution setting — and other methods of life design — present an amazing opportunity to check in with your family. It can also give you valuable insight into what it is that your children truly want. Sure, maybe that’s a pony or a life-size playhouse in the backyard, but that’s where you teach them about setting goals and having aspirations that they’re empowered to meet.
You may even find a little accountability buddy in at all. Sure, having your toddler hounding you to drink more water every day may be exhausting, but it works.
So, without further ado, here are three easy activities to help facilitate some family goal-setting and to leave your littles feeling inspired. Each can be adjusted for different age groups.
Vision Board Your Resolutions
Grab those old magazines because it’s time for the perfect way to recycle them!
Pick up some poster boards, glue, and scissors, and this activity is ready to go. For young children, creating a vision board can be as easy as flipping through a magazine and helping them clip out images they enjoy. For the older children, start by encouraging them to pick different areas of their lives and find visuals to represent their goals and dreams in each.
There is no right or wrong way to do this project, and each masterpiece will look completely different. Paste the pictures on the board and give extra points for adding fun decorations.
Vision boards should be displayed somewhere they can be seen every day — they make especially good wall art for a bedroom!
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Habit Tracking Calendar
Here is where you get to sneak in the chores and homework!
Empowering your children to get the “not so fun” things done each week helps them to take pride in the completion of these tasks. “Remember how you said you wanted to clean your room every Sunday…”
Grab, make or print a fun calendar for each of your family members. Letting them pick and decorate the calendar also helps make this a bit more fun. For younger children, it may make more sense to do a generic weekly calendar rather than a full 12-month one. Keep it simple.
Based on their resolutions, what daily and weekly habits will they need this year to achieve them?
“What do you need to do each week to get that A in math class?”
“What should we pick up each week so we can make your favorite lasagna?”
Have them go through the calendar or use visuals to remind them of what habit they’re building on that day or week. For the tech-savvy teenagers, encourage them to use the online platform that makes the most sense for them!
Family Bucket List
This is a great one to get the whole family involved in planning out what you want to achieve together in the upcoming year. For this activity, again you can use visuals or make a large list.
What experiences does your family want to have? What do you want to accomplish together?
This can be displayed and used the next time you are planning a vacation or wanting to have a weeknight excursion. Some larger bucket list items can even be more long-term goals. This activity is an excellent way for everyone to be heard — no idea is too big or too small — and at the end of the year, you can look back and see what goals you have checked off!
What are some of your family’s resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Tags: Chores, family activity, Family Fun, Goal-Setting, Goals, New Years Resolution, teenagers, toddlers