Ahhhh, New Year’s resolution time. The most well-intentioned week and a half of my year. Over the course of my adulthood I’ve resolved everything from the standard “lose weight” to the more adventurous “write a novel” but I’m afraid I remain more pounds than pages at the close of 2014.
New Year’s resolutions aren’t bad though, in fact they’re great. One of the things that the Boy Scout Handbook talks about -in the Leadership section no less- is that goal setting is a huge part of learning to be prepared. After all, you can’t achieve a goal without planning out how you’re going to do it. Essentially, without being prepared to succeed.
For children though, goal setting can be a big and sometimes scary thing (come to think of it, for adults as well) so I was super excited to see that Modern Parents / Messy Kids created a free downloadable worksheet to help kids remember the great things they did in 2014 while making their own resolutions for 2015.
This worksheet is just begging to be done together with a parent and then kept stuck to the fridge with a gold star sticker next to each accomplishment. Kids start recapping the 2014 year and remembering goals they accomplished that they might have forgotten about. That builds confidence and helps you remember the great parts of 2014. Then it’s on to 2015 and all sorts of big plans!
What I really loved though was how it helped me open a conversation between myself and my children. When I gave it to Grace she shocked me by saying, ” I want to stop having pizza every Friday.” That started a conversation that was really about her wanting to spend more time cooking dinner with me and her dad. Fantastic!
So have a wonderful New Year in 2015. May your resolutions last and your next December be full of smiles and good memories.