Every New Year, adults makes resolutions, or goals as I like to call them, on what they want to achieve during that year. This year, I shook things up and asked my son to sit down and create a list of goals for himself to work at in the upcoming New Year. After firmly telling him that no, becoming a transformer is not an achievable, nor realistic, goal, we finally came up with a list of a few easy New Year resolution for kids that he set for himself.
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Easy New Year Resolution for Kids
It got me thinking that others may want to do the same so I decided to share with others what we came up with for his goals as well as a few added ideas from mom (and one’s that Hayden vetoed for himself).
Less Screen Time
This is a huge thing that we are working on in our home. According to THIS article from The Washington Post that kids between 8-12 spend a little under 5 hours a day on screens while teens averaged just over 7 hours a day. The crazy thing is, is that this time does not include screens used for school and homework.
One great goal to set with your child this year is to lessen the amount of time they spend on devices whether it be tablets, phones, video games, tv time.
Healthier Snack Choices
One simple, yet important goal to set with your kids is to chose healthier snack choices. Help them meet this goal by getting rid of unhealthy snack options that offer no nutritional value and sugary juices and replacing with fruits, veggies and minimally processed options.
Make a new friend
Or make a few friends. May son personally struggles with putting himself out there so this year we are focusing on him trying to make new friends at school. I encourage for him to sit next to someone new at the lunch table or join a new group of peers on the playground.
However he goes about it, in the long run it’s helping him with better communication and understanding others around him. Or at the very least he’s making a new friend and you can never have too many friends.
Try a new activity
This can be in the form of a sport such as soccer, basketball or even tennis. It could also be taking a hike that you’ve never been on, learning to play chess or learning how to computer code. Getting out there and trying out different activities while help your children find something they really enjoy doing.
Read 25 Books
Honestly for my 8 year old, we doubled this goal. He loves to read and can sit and read a book like Harry Potter in 2-3 days. Now if your child isn’t big into reading a small goal to read 10, 15 or even 25 books throughout the year is a way to encourage them to read just a little bit more. And hey, they may discover a series they love or even that they enjoy reading more and more.
Another goal that I am setting with my son this New year is to start writing. Writing about his day, the people he meets, trips that we take or even just about what he is feeling at any given time. Kids have pretty large emotions for such little people and writing things down can help them process and decide what it is they are actually trying to express.
Become More Independent
Now I’m not saying that they need to take on full independence but becoming more independent in little things like taking out the trash, making their bed in the morning, or picking out their clothes is a valuable part of learning responsibility as a kid. Two things that we are setting as “independent” goals for my son this New Year is to initiate doing his daily chores and taking care of his own personal items (books, LEGO sets, etc) before they get lost or moved by mom.
Learn about Money
It is never too early to start saving and becoming more responsible with money. Whether it is through an allowance or earning money for doing chores around the house, encourage them to put it away in a bank account.
Get Outside More
This goes a long with less screen time. Get outdoors more, ride bikes, go for hikes, build a snowman, take little adventures. Whatever it is you want to do, just get outside more and enjoy that fresh air.
Have more Fun
Yes structure and routine are important for kids but the ultimate goal for them should be to have more fun. Children are only children for a little bit of time and they should be encouraged to have as much fun as they possibly can. This is one resolution I know I will be encouraging my son to meet this year and for many years to come.
Now I want to know what New Year resolution for kids that you have or if you don’t have kids, what goals have you set for yourself this year?