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5 Tips for Setting New Year’s Resolutions as a Family

By Carli Mosby

New Year’s is a great time to celebrate the past year and plan for new beginnings.  Resolution setting is a common practice for adults that can help them set goals for the new year. It’s important to remember that our kids can benefit from resolution setting as well!

Creating resolutions with your children can help them understand the value of goal setting and teach the importance of self-motivation.  It can also allow you to celebrate their victories with the whole family. Check out these five tips for setting New Year’s resolutions with your children:

  1. Keep it positive

When setting a resolution with your child, a good place to start is by looking at the positive things they did throughout the previous year and figuring out together how they can build on that in the new year.

  1. Make it a family activity

A good way to teach your children the importance of resolution setting is by making it a family tradition. Have the whole family sit down together at the end of each year to not only determine individual goals, but family goals as well, such as having a family game night twice a month or committing to more outdoor family activities.

  1. Try something new

The new year is a great opportunity for each person in the family to try something new. Encourage your kids to try a new food or try a new activity, such as hiking, as a family.

  1. Suggest and assist with goal development

While parents could – and should – assist their children with goal development, it is important that they not dictate what their child’s new resolutions should be.  Start a discussion about what areas of their lives they want to improve on and help them to clarify goals.

  1. Celebrate milestones and achievements

The best part of goal setting is celebrating successes! Taking the time out to acknowledge and celebrate achievements is an important way to keep your child motivated!

For more ideas and tips on resolution setting with your kids visit PBS Parent and

We can all make a resolution to help keep kids safe!

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