Even young children can take part in the custom of making New Year’s resolutions.
Making resolutions is a great way for a family to come together to talk about behaviors that need changing or activities that need doing.
According to a few child psychologists and psychiatrists that have written on the subject, parents need to buy into what a young child says he or she wants to work on in changing a behavior or in taking on a new activity. Experts caution that the younger the child the more he or she will need parental support and guidance to make his or her resolutions happen.
One of the ways the experts recommend to include your child in making resolutions is to sit together as a family and go around to each family member and ask what he or she would like to do differently in the coming year. Ask your young child what he or she would like to change, to do differently. Make sure that what your child wants to change is realistic, that he or she has the physical strength and emotional stamina to do it and, most importantly, it would be good for your child to do.
Once your child decides what he or she wants to work on, help him or her to develop a plan that you both can work on together to make his or her resolutions happen. Break the plan into easy steps. Let your child know what you will be doing to help him or her to reach each goal.
All the experts agree on the following :
The best way to help your child make his or her resolutions happen is to make your own resolutions and keep them. When children see parents sticking to resolutions, they are more inclined to stick to their resolutions.
- Making and keeping resolutions builds a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
- It gives children a sense of accomplishment to be successful at keeping resolutions
Good Luck with those family resolutions.
Happy New Year From all of Us on “Can Do” Street!