Give your Kids a Goal Setting Advantage in 5 Easy Steps
Goal Setting for Children
As we enter the beginning months of each year there is always an emphasis on goal setting- whether it be to lose weight, hit the gym, eat healthier, drink less, or spend more time with our families. Regardless of the goal in mind there is a common theme in which people want to find a sense of progression and accomplishment.
Children can be similar! Children have so much they “have to do” in today’s world that often their own personal goals can be overlooked or take a back seat to what, we, as adults, feel is most important for them.
What we often forget is that the journey to these personal fails teaches patience and perseverance! There will be success and obstacles – excitement and frustration, but the journey to success becomes THIERS!
Here are 5 ways to help your children benefit from personal goal setting using the SMART model:
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We have to show children, yet not do it for them. Kids don’t always know the steps, however with adults helping them to fill the games there is a feeling of independence with support. Also, we must provide positive, yet realistic, feedback and guidance. Setting children up for unreasonable goals for their stage of development or abilities will create a sense of failure and lack of confidence, rather than achievement and a strong work ethic.
Lastly, have s game plan when they fail, because they will! Kids will miss their goals and targets- and THATS OKAY! Help them learn to problem solve, make adjustments, and be proud of small more attainable objectives to reach the bigger reward!