Ah, the new year! We are all beyond excited to say hello to 2022. Holidays and the new year all seem to bring everyone together in some truly sweet and heartwarming ways, and also provide the perfect window for growth; in practically any way you could imagine. The classic New Year’s resolution is a perfect example of this, and it’s also a fantastic way to introduce and/or strengthen the ideas of “goals” and “positive change” with your children – no matter their age or stage. Getting this idea in their heads at a young age and making sure you frame goals in a positive way will set them up for success at later stages in life as well. We’ve gathered the best tips and tricks to make your New Year’s resolutions attainable and teachable, along with three great examples of resolutions that you can keep with your child!
S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based, and it is one of the best ways to ensure you and your child can stick to and achieve any goals they create. When you state some big goal like “I will be more active this year” it immediately becomes impossible to attain because it is not specific, wholly immeasurable, and not set within a certain amount of time. This means that no matter how “active” you are in the new year, you will never feel like you’ve achieved your goal. A great example of this and a great goal for your child is “I will walk the family pet for 10 minutes a week”. The goal is specific, measurable (10 minutes per week), attainable, realistic, and time-based!
If goals aren’t fun or enjoyable in some way, it will likely be difficult to convince kids (and team members, let’s be real) to stick to them. Get together and brainstorm ideas for goals that will not only help you improve in some area of life, but will be enjoyable for you too. The more fun you or your family has while working towards keeping their goal, the more their brains will create associations between achieving goals and the feeling of having fun, which will set them up for success when they are working or in school and have much bigger goals to achieve. A great goal to help create this first level of association within your family is “I will practice my sport outside of practice for 20 minutes a week”. If your child is a dancer, support them in practicing their technique or running their routine for 20 minutes, or if they’re an athlete suggest that they practice outside for 20 minutes! Chances are, your child enjoys their sport or extracurricular activity, and this will be a goal that is not only fun but also will help them improve their skills!
The best thing you can do to help your child achieve a goal and enjoy it is to lead by example, and this applies to your business too. Your child likely looks up to you as much as they do their favorite Disney star, though they may not let you know it, and to your team, you’re the fierce and fearless leader. When setting a family goal, try to create a S.M.A.R.T goal for yourself that your child can mirror, and make it fun for the both of you to do together! A personal favorite idea is the goal of “My mom and I will both keep our rooms clean by having a cleaning day every Wednesday”. Make this cleaning day fun enough, and you may never get out of having your Wednesdays devoted to cleaning! It will benefit the two of you, make things fun, and probably even create some unforgettable memories and bonding time.
These tips are broad, so feel free to use them to adapt the goals we’ve suggested to fit your family and your lifestyle. If you don’t have a family pet but want to get more active, try family walks after dinner! No matter what goals you decide upon, we hope you can utilize these ideas and set your children and your business up for future success with goals. From the Kamali’i family to yours, we hope your holidays were safe and filled with love!