Welcoming a New Year brings a sense of hope and resolution for a promising year to come. So it’s a great time to set short-term or long- term goals with your kids. However, it’s common these days for resolutions to get broken within the first couple of weeks. This is why it’s important to help your children set SMARTer goals.
Effective goal setting for kids has many benefits:
While goal setting, you also get to know your children more – their dreams and hopes. Goals don’t only mean achieving certain grades, encourage your kids to set character building goals as well. For example, they can set a goal to be more confident, courteous and responsible in the next school term.
Here’s a step-by-step process for goal setting with your children:
Set aside a time and place with your kids to set the goals. Choose a place that is quiet and comfortable enough for your kids to open up and share their goals/dreams. It can be their favourite cafe or their own bedroom.
It’s best to commit 1-1.5 hours of goal setting with your children to give them time to set SMARTer goals. Spend that quality time to get to know them.
Write out the goals on a piece of paper – it helps make them feel more realistic and legitimate. You can also use a whiteboard or corkboard. It’s okay to get creative and have fun with the goal setting activity!
It’s important to place the goals in a place that’s always visible. Your kids can put them behind your door or next to their desks so they can be reminded about them and have more motivation to achieve them.
Specific: Who, what, when, where, how?
Measurable: e.g. A grading system
Attainable: Weigh the effort, time and cost and see if its possible
Realistic & Relevant: e.g. Having the resources and time to achieve such goals
Timely & Trackable: Include a time period and consistently monitor progress
SMART Goals take time to construct but they are more effective and achievable goals.
When you ask the right questions, it simulates thinking and creativity. You can ask your kids questions like:
You can ask your kids about their progress and give them encouragement. If it’s a huge goal or a small goal, celebrate every victory. It helps to reflect and enjoy the accomplishment. This helps motivate them and keep them on track to achieve their goals.
Remember! God has a HUGE vision for you and your kids’ lives. He has plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans that give them a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
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