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A Fresh Start

Submitted by sgrainger on

The start of a new year brings with it a sense of renewal and the opportunity for positive change. For elementary and high school kids, embracing the spirit of the New Year can be an exciting journey of self-discovery and growth.

It’s not uncommon for adults to make New Year's resolutions and instilling this habit in children from an early age can set the foundation for a lifetime of goal-setting and achievement. Committing to resolutions involves more than just wishful thinking; it’s about setting intentions, creating a plan and following through. Encouraging kids to commit to their goals by writing them down or sharing them with someone they trust instills a sense of accountability and responsibility.

Some might ask, “But why write them down”? The act of writing down resolutions serves as a powerful tool for clarity and focus. When kids put pen to paper and articulate their goals, it helps crystallize their thoughts and intentions. Additionally, having a physical reminder of their aspirations can serve as motivation throughout the year. Whether it’s a colourful poster on their bedroom wall or a journal entry, the act of writing down resolutions transforms abstract ideas into tangible commitments.

In addition, sharing goals, or a single goal, with a trusted friend, family member or teacher can enhance the commitment and provide a support system. Verbally expressing aspirations not only strengthens the resolve to achieve them but also allows others to offer encouragement and guidance. This sense of community fosters a positive environment for growth and development.

Children, especially those in elementary school, benefit from setting simple, achievable goals. Simplicity allows them to focus on specific tasks, building a sense of accomplishment as they make progress. High school students may tackle more complex goals but should still break them down into manageable steps. Simple goals also help kids understand the importance of consistency and perseverance.

I am a strong advocate of encouraging kids to set values-based resolutions that foster character development and a deeper understanding of personal growth. Instead of solely focusing on external achievements, emphasize qualities like kindness, empathy and compassion. These values serve as guiding principles, shaping the way kids navigate challenges and build relationships.

As we usher in the New Year, let’s empower our kids to embrace the setting of resolutions. As they learn the art of setting and achieving resolutions, they lay the groundwork for a future filled with continuous growth and greater likelihood of success.