If you read “Should your child make a New Year’s resolution?”, you will have saw the comparison of larger aspirations compared to simpler, more achievable goals.
Although, we love big and exciting goals that may be unique to your child, in this post we will listing some simple resolution ideas. These are achievable goals that your child can create for themselves, that may help them long term.
1. Read a book everyday
Depending on your child’s age and ability, a target to read a book everyday can be a fun and achievable goal. For younger children, it can be more of a goal that you set to do with your child of reading a picture book a day. For children capable of reading, it could be reading a book at their level per day or a chapter of a book each day.
2. Make your bed each morning
Simple goals, such as making your bed each morning can help your child feel more organised. It can help your child feel a sense of independence and pride in their surroundings.
3. Clean up after themselves
Similar to how setting up the regular organisational task of making your own bed, can create a sense of pride. Your child choosing to remember to clean up after themselves, can help them feel a sense of satisfaction in contributing independently as a member of the family. This can also help support your child all the way into adulthood.
4. Do ten pushups each day
A regular fitness target of your child’s choice, can help your child think about their health. Just make sure you help your child set exercise goals they are capable of.
5. Brush their teeth every morning and evening
Self care is an important part of a child’s development. And children being able to take care of themselves without constant reminders or support from parents can be beneficial for their independence. This depends on the age of the child and the task, when considering what self care task to encourage your child to do independently.
6. Progress on an educational app or game
There are many educational apps that your child might enjoy. Why not encourage your child to set a goal of getting to a certain level or dedicating a certain amount of time per week. Some of our favourite educational apps are slice fractions, duolingo and endless wordplay.
7. Learn something new
Alongside educational apps, having the possibility to teach you something new. Children could choose to learn something new by starting a new activity or learning online. There is even the opportunity to learn a new language or an instrument from just watching YouTube tutorials or buying books that can help guide your child.
8. Join a new club
Joining a new club or chosen activity is a great way for your child to make friends with children who have similar interests. They could learn something new or practice an existing hobby.
9. Progress in an already established hobby.
This is an extremely fun resolution for your child. Whether your child loves building Lego and wants to challenge themselves creating a complicated build. Or your child loves reading books and wants to challenge themselves reading as many books as they can throughout the year. Your child can adapt this resolution to suit their own interests.
10. Do homework straight away
If your child is someone who leaves tasks to the last minute, this may be something he/she would like to set themselves. It may be something they monitor throughout the year and see how they feel, having completed tasks ahead of time.
11. Create something new
Another fun New Year’s resolution could be challenging yourself to create something. You may feel like creating your own dinosaur sculpture or writing your own song. Whatever it is your child sets their mind to, a creative challenge can be extremely enjoyable.
12. Eat more fruit and vegetables each day
A New Year’s resolution for a child that may not always eat healthy. This could help your child make good choices for their health. It can also be an opportunity to teach your child health benefits of different fruits and vegetables.
13. Try more foods
For a child who is fussy or a child who struggles to eat due to sensory issues. This can be a great opportunity to help them explore more foods. It could be that they try foods at least three times before deciding if they like it or not. It could be that they try contributing to helping prepare meals, to help them feel more excited about eating. The most important thing is that if they choose this themselves as their New Year’s resolution, they are more likely to want to follow it.
14. Drink water
Another health related goal that can be adjusted depending on your child. It may be drink water instead of juice or fizzy drinks. Or it may be your child needs help recognising when they are thirsty and needs to remember to drink water with meals or after exercising.
15. Stop an unhealthy habit
Similar to the suggestion of replacing fizzy drinks or juice with water, there can be many other unhealthy habits that both us as adults and our children could think about stopping. Depending on the habit, it may be be best to reduce it, rather than stop. For example, reducing screen time or reducing sugar. There may be ones that your child may want to stop completely, such as biting their nails or forgetting to put their clothes in their wash basket.
16. Be kinder to siblings
Being kinder to siblings or other family members is a lovely simple goal that could create a lovely home environment. Similar goals with kindness in mind, could be doing a kind thing for someone each day or helping support a charitable cause.
17. Listen to emotions
Our emotions are important for our mental health and well being and help us figure out how we are feeling and why. Some children can find it difficult to listen to and regulate their emotions. For these children it may be extremely beneficial to set this as a target for themselves, with support from family members and potentially school.
18. Help look after pets
Teaching our children the importance of looking after themselves is extremely beneficial, but looking after others is also an important attribute. They could achieve this by helping to look after a family pet. It could be that your child sets the goal of helping feed your pet.
19. Be thankful
Finding something to be grateful for each day can be a religious or spiritual goal. Encouraging children to think about what they are grateful for, can reduce childhood depression and anxiety. It can also support mindfulness and benefit mental health in children.
20. Congratulate yourself.
Finally make sure your child reflects on themselves and can be positive about their achievements, big or small. If your child struggles with their self-esteem, this may be something that would be helpful to make as their overall goal.
Whatever New Year’s resolution your child decides to choose for themselves, it’s important to remember that it is their choice. This can help a child feel self motivated, a sense of independence and raise self worth.