Creative Commons photo by Rob Briscoe via Flickr.

Creative Commons photo by Rob Briscoe via Flickr.

It is a new year, and it is a perfect opportunity to teach your child to create goals. It can show them independence and also create more family time if you create resolutions together. Here are some tips for helping your child with New Year’s resolutions.

1. Talk about it as a family. Take turns discussing where everyone would like to see improvement in themselves. Do not use it as an opportunity to tell your child where you would like them to improve. Let them lead the discussion.

2. Let your child decide. Again, don’t make this an opportunity for you to tell your children they need to start cleaning their rooms more often. Ask questions to make them think about where they would want to improve, and offer suggestions without telling them what to do.

3. Keep it small. Two or three resolutions for a child are plenty; you don’t want to set them up for failure. Brainstorm and make a list of whatever they think of, and then whittle it down. Children can get distracted easily, so a small list with only a few resolutions will keep them from feeling overwhelmed.

4. Make it fun! As a family you can create vision boards, and it can help your child visualize what they want to accomplish. You can also set up a monthly check-in and celebrate little accomplishments toward the larger goal.

Goal-planning can begin at a young age and New Year’s resolutions are the perfect way to introduce creating goals to your child. The benefits are plenty and will stay with your child throughout their lives.