Now that it’s 2014, it’s time to think about what the New Year brings us: new beginnings, opportunities and resolutions. Resolutions help keep us focused and goal-oriented, not just for adults but for kids too. Even preschoolers and kindergartners can learn and grow from making their own New Year resolutions.
Parents.com states that the ideal age to learn about making resolutions is between 7-12. However, it’s never to early to start teaching your preschoolers how to accomplish a goal, no matter how small! Not only will resolutions help your preschooler understand responsibility and organization, but it can be fun for a family to map out their resolutions for the New Year together.
New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Preschoolers
With resolutions, especially for little ones, it is important to start small. Here are a few examples of some small but worthwhile goals that you can set for your child:
- Cleaning up toys after they are done being used.
- Washing hands each time after going to the bathroom.
- Brushing teeth twice a day.
- Communication and teaching children how important it is to talk with his/her parents.
- Being kind – to both people and animals.
- Eating all food on the lunch/dinner plate.
- Engaging in physical and learning activities.
While these may not seem like the resolutions we are used to making as adults, it is important for children to understand the importance of chores and tasks that will ultimately help them grow. The earlier that a child starts learning, the better chance those good habits will stick.
The more difficult task may be getting your child to practice their “resolutions” for the entire year. By explaining to them the purpose of the goal, and how it helps the family or the household around them, your child may begin to grasp the importance of making the routine daily. If all else fails, think about creating a reward system for when your child accomplishes their resolutions!