1. Start with the basics
You might assume your kid understands what it means to make resolutions, but even older children benefit from taking the time to talk about the meaning of the word.

Likewise, when explaining goal setting, it's important to focus on the positives. Some children have anxiety around meeting expectations, so explain the resolutions are goals THEY choose and start a discussion around how sometimes people work towards goals over long periods.

Resolutions aren't about perfection, they're about making improvements a step at a time. For kids who are too critical of themselves, this might also be a good chance to talk about how we learn from our goals even when we don't meet them. Changing habits takes consistent, focused work and commitment.

Resolutions aren't the time for kids to be too hard on themselves or for parents to be too hard on their kids. Keep the conversation positive and about making growth. Anytime you can share real life examples with them helps, too.
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