Welcome to 2022. New Year's resolutions aren't just for adults anymore, New Year's resolutions can benefit kids!
A new year can bring new excitement and opportunities to grow for kids, too. They can learn to focus on healthy habits and new goals just like adults. Whether it be a resolution, intention supported by a frequently repeated mantra or affirmation setting goals, it is good for everyone. The excitement and sense of achievement kids feel when they complete the goal can be lifelong learning and habit changing.
New Year's resolutions can be a beneficial way for kids to get motivated, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group recommends parents sit down with kids to pick a few things to work toward in 2022.
“Kids also love having something to work toward and to have fun, intrinsically or keeping track on charts or getting praise or rewards as they reach these goals, depending on their age.” Dr. Lanre Falusi, Washington, D.C., pediatrician, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics
CNN Health suggests the following age-appropriate resolutions or intentions.
- I will try hard to clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
- I will try new foods when I can, especially all different colors of vegetables.
- I will learn how to help clear the table and return dishes to the kitchen when I am done eating.
- I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
Ages 5 to 12:
- I will drink water every day.
- I will try to find a physical activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) or a sport I like and do it at least three times a week.
- I will try to save time to read for fun.
- I will be a good friend and kind to others always
- I will do my best to take care of my body through physical activity.
- I will try to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep that my body needs each night.
- I will do what I can to help in my community. I will give some of my time, working with community groups or service projects at school to support other people in need. These activities will make me feel better about myself and my community.
- I will do what I must do first to get to the things I want to do.
- What New Year Resolutions/ Goals/ Intentions will you go for? Being a role model for your kids…we know that our kids covet what we say and DO.