Resolutions are fun to set, whether or not you actually stick to them (no judgement here). I’m the kind of person who sets a million goals and maybe accomplishes ten of them, but I love having inspiration and things to strive for.
What makes a good New Year’s resolution? The most important thing about goals is making sure they’re attainable. Setting unachievable goals can only lead to disappointment and discouragement. This is one of the hardest parts for younger kids, who might not fully understand their own limitations. Guide them to set goals they can achieve (with a bit of a challenge, still) and these resolutions can boost their confidence and drive.
To inspire you, I’ve come up with some ideas for New Year’s resolutions for kids. These resolutions can be just for them, or make it a goal for the whole family. They’re attainable, worthwhile, and inspire growth.
This goal can vary widely from one child to another. Some kids are naturally bookworms, while others just aren’t. Tailor this goal to your child’s age, abilities, and interests, but make sure to challenge them just the right amount. If your child doesn’t have a love for reading, try a bunch of different books to find something that sparks their interest. Maybe they’d prefer a book about space with lots of pictures to a fiction book. There’s no wrong answer. Keep a chart so your child can see their progress!
30 Active Minutes a Day
This one is important for kids and adults alike. These active minutes don’t have to be rigorous exercise. You can count stretching, yoga, going for a walk. Anything that gets you up and moving. Getting outside is an extra bonus!
Do something creative every single day. The possibilities here are endless, and it doesn’t have to be time consuming. Put on a play. Color. Sculpt with clay. Write a story. Draw a comic. Film a home-movie. Creative activities can reduce stress, increase the feeling of accomplishment, and inspire more creativity!
Try New Things
This can be something as simple as trying new foods, watching a documentary or YouTube video about a subject they don’t know much about, or finding new places to explore, like museums or parks. You could try one new thing a week or month, or even every day. Customize this goal in a way that works for you.
If you have other ideas for New Year’s resolutions for kids, leave them in the comments below! If you try any of these ideas, I’d love to see how it goes. Send a picture on Instagram or Facebook! For more kid-friendly activities and family fun, make sure to follow The Winkle on Pinterest and subscribe to The Winkle YouTube channel.