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Kid Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are typically viewed as an adult activity, but it’s also an excellent way for teaching children about setting goals and achieving them. It’s important that youngsters set their own goals and not have parents select for them. They’ll be more likely to work toward keeping them.

There are numerous websites with cute charts and certificates that can be printed out to help younger children create their resolutions and as a reminder for keeping them. It’s also helpful if a child’s chosen goal can be separated into milestones.


It’s never too early to begin setting goals and learning responsibility. Keep resolutions age-appropriate. Some common New Year’s resolutions for preschoolers could include the following.

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and before eating
  • Brushing teeth after meals
  • Put away toys
  • No hitting or biting
  • No throwing things

School Age

Elementary age youngsters have a wider variety of potential resolutions they might make. They include:

  • Do my homework
  • Go to bed on time
  • Be kind
  • Eat three fruits or vegetables each day
  • Do my chores each day

Tweens and Teens

Adolescents have a myriad of things on their minds. New Year’s resolutions are an easy way to remind them about things that are important. Some examples would be the following.

  • Spend less time on the phone
  • Spend less time in front of the TV
  • Eat at least five fruits and vegetables each day
  • Be respectful to parents, teachers and elders
  • Perform a random act of kindness each day
  • Won’t use drugs, alcohol or cigarettes
  • Write each day in a journal

Family Resolutions

Resolutions are a great way to learn and train the mind toward desirable actions. There’s also a myriad of resolutions that families can make together and work toward. They include having more patience, no cussing, or eating one meal a day as a family. Resolving to get more sleep is always good and taking turns making meals each month can be truly exciting.

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