Parenting

Kids Can Make New Years Resolutions Too

| by Dr Shu

Nearly half of all adults are resolving to improve something about
themselves this year. Kids can get in on the fun also! January is the
perfect time to check in with your kids to see what they'd like to
resolve to do. If your child attends day care or school, her teacher
may have already done this activity with her, but she may have
different goals at home than at school.

Try to keep things
realistic and motivating to your child. For example, "I will clean my
room every week" is a great resolution because it states how often it
will be done, is a manageable task for a child (cleaning her room daily
may be too much to hope for) and has an added benefit of allowing your
child to be able to find her favorite toys easily (which may keep her
motivated all year long!). Also, your child will see visible results
quickly, and if she keeps it up, future cleanings will be faster than
at the beginning.

For more information about new year's resolutions for children, please see my article on CNN.com here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/14/kid.resolutions/index.html?iref=newssearch

Happy 2009!

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