A guide to overall health and wellbeing for children
Adults frequently make new resolutions for the next year as the new year arrives, but what about children? Don’t forget about them. It’s a good idea for kids to participate in goal setting at the beginning of the year even if they may not be able to stay up until midnight to ring in the new year. Making New Year’s resolutions as a family is a pleasant exercise that can strengthen your relationships.
It’s crucial for kids and teenagers to feel good about themselves, their passions, and their accomplishments as they start to develop their identities. Setting and achieving objectives offers kids direction, keeps them motivated, and helps them develop a strong sense of self-worth and the understanding that they can change the world.
Young people may learn important lessons by setting and keeping goals, which are likely to stick with them for the rest of their life.
Ideas for Preschoolers’ Resolutions
Children between the ages of 3 and 5 may struggle to maintain long-term goals. For this age range, setting a few manageable goals to strive toward each day is an excellent method. To assist children in keeping track of their objectives, set up a sticker chart on the refrigerator. You can even talk about preparing a prize if they succeed.
- Age-appropriate objectives for preschoolers include the following, as examples:
- Before going to bed at the end of the day, I shall put away my toys.
- Two times a day, after breakfast and again just before bed, I’ll clean my teeth.
- After using the restroom and before eating, I’ll wash my hands.
- Even if it’s only one mouthful, I’ll try everything on my plate.
- I’ll spend at least five minutes each day practising my alphabet and numbers.
Goals for Children in School
Children of school age (from kindergarten to middle school) can also enjoy making resolutions. Here are some suggestions to get your kid going:
- I’ll stick to drinking simple milk and water, and I won’t have more than one soda or fruit drink every day.
- On a sunny day, I’ll put on sunscreen before venturing outside. I’ll leave it by the door so I don’t forget to put it on before leaving.
- I’ll find something I can do at least three times a week, whether it’s a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing, or riding my bike).
- When cycling, I’ll always wear a helmet.
- Each time I go in a car, I’ll be sure to fasten my seatbelt.
- At least 30 minutes before to going to bed, I will switch off all electronic devices, including tablets, televisions, and video games.
- Every month, I’ll read at least one book.
Teenage New Year’s Resolutions
Young adults can make their own resolutions. To make sure they’re setting attainable objectives, they might want some help. You get the chance to get to know your adolescent better by asking them about their resolutions and discovering what matters to them.
Your teen may wish to work on the following:
- Every day, I’ll consume at least one fruit and one vegetable.
- I commit to exercising for 30 to 60 minutes every day.
- I’ll keep television and video game time to one or two hours each day.
- I’ll give back to my community through volunteering or participating in community organisations.
- I’m going to stop using the phrases “I can’t do it” and “I’m so dumb” in my “self-talk.”
- When I’m driving, I’ll put my phone in the glove box to avoid being tempted to check text messages or make calls.
- I’ll open a savings account and make an effort to deposit a particular sum each month.
- After going to sleep for the evening, I won’t check my social media alerts.
Even the most well-intentioned and practical resolutions don’t always turn out as we had hoped. You may utilise the event to teach your youngster flexibility if circumstances outside their control interfere with their plans. A key component of developing resilience is learning how to adjust and change course when life throws us a curveball. Convert setbacks into learning opportunities and guide your youngster through making their own New Year’s resolutions.