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New Year’s Resolutions: Help Your Kids (And Yourself) Set Reasonable Goals

by Sarah Lyons


Don’t overdo it

Many people make the mistake of setting too many goals or goals that are not attainable, setting themselves up for failure. When you are creating your resolutions list all the areas that you would like to work on. Once you have a list, narrow it down to the items that are realistic, measurable, and come with a reward. Prioritize and categorize your goals. Can you consolidate any? Do you see a theme? Which goals are you most excited about? Make your list again and try to be as specific as possible in order to give yourself and your children the best chance of success.  If you have several that you would like to achieve, keep your list around so that you can move onto another goal after you complete one of your resolutions. 

While coming up with a list of goals for the year, keep them positive. Give yourself permission to create resolutions that are fun rather than a punishment or chore. When we create resolutions that are actually accomplishable and set rewards for our completion of them, we are much more likely to be successful. 


Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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