New Year’s Resolutions aren’t only for adults. Writing one can be a fun activity that teaches kids the skills of goal making, working hard, and follow-through. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great list of resolutions for kids separated by age range. Some of the best ones include:
For little ones:
- I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong
- I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
For a little older:
- I will find a sport or an activity that I like and will do it at least three times a week.
- I will wear a helmet when bicycling.
- I will wear a seat belt every time I get in a car.
- I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name, or telephone number on the Internet or to strangers.
- I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day.
- I will choose non-violent shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.
- I will help out in my community through volunteering or joining a group.
- When faced with a difficult decision, I’ll talk about my choices with an adult I can trust.
- I will be careful about whom I choose to date and hang out with, and will always treat other people with respect.
Have your child write their resolutions down, and check in with them throughout the year on their progress.