New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Help your kids eat more vegetables this year!

Resolutions aren’t only for adults. This New Year’s, try exciting your little ones by having them create their very own promises for the new year. Here are some ideas so your whole family can hit the ground running in 2016.

Ask first

The last thing you want to do is impose a plan on your child for the new year. Avoid this by asking them, “What do you want to do differently in 2016?” If they’re still at a loss, follow up with the question, “What do you feel excited about?” Maybe they want to play a sport, learn to read or eat more vegetables. The more questions you ask your kids, the more they will be able to discover what they really want to do in 2016.

Offer examples

Because kids aren’t typically as self-reflective as adults, be sure to help them out if they get stuck. Here are some examples:

  • I will clean up all my dirty clothes.
  • I will drink all my milk at dinner.
  • I will be sure to include everyone at school.
  • I will not fight with my siblings.
  • I promise to listen to my parents.

Be sure to cover all family, school and friend life for your children.

Talk about your resolutions at dinner each night.
Talk about your resolutions at dinner each night.

Narrow down their ideas

Adults and children alike bite off more than they can chew. Promising to exercise every single day or never fight with a family member is doomed to fail. Instead, have your children set smaller goals like finishing their homework before dinner every night or dedicating 15 minutes to cleaning their room each day. The more realistic their resolutions are, the more you will be setting them up for success.

Get them excited

Once you’ve established resolutions, now is the time to take action. Much like adults, your little ones might forget about their promises once the new year begins. Instead, make sure they don’t. Create a board, similar to a chore wheel, to put up on the fridge. Make it colorful and interactive so your kiddos have fun with it. Or have your family go around the table at dinnertime and explain how they have or haven’t followed through with their 2016 promises. They more you get your children involved, the more excited they will be about new year’s practices.