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Teaching Goal Setting To Kids

A major lesson to teach your children is that setting goals is important in order to become successful individuals in life. A child who learns the art of setting goals early in life is likely to succeed, as they know how to aspire for things, and also work towards achieving them.

Goal-setting is something that comes through practice, until it becomes a habit that comes naturally. Here is a look at some strategies that can be adopted to teach kids the importance of goal-setting.

  • The first thing to remember when trying to teach children how to set goals is that they learn what they see. Be a good example to your child, and involve them in the process of your own goals. When kids watch their parents taking their goals seriously, they are more likely to follow the same with their own goals. This could be something as simple as a goal to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, to complex goals like reaching a certain target at work.
  • As a parent, it is important to sit down with your children and have a conversation about goal-setting. Start by defining the term goal, and asking them questions about how important it is to set goals. This will help you identify any aspects of their thought process that might need to be worked on.
  • Age-old technique of rewarding children each time they achieve a goal does not fail. This works for kids of all ages, provided the reward is something that is enticing to them. You could do whatever works for your kids, such as stickers, stars, brownie points etc., and offer them a reward when they meet a certain goal.
  • Finally, involve yourself in the process of identifying goals for your children. You can opt for a visual method like a blackboard or notice board. You could also help them create a goal journal with simple entries like what their goal was, what they did to achieve it, and how they felt after they achieved it. This is a great way to keep them motivated, as they can always look back at their journal and draw inspiration to work harder towards future goals.

We, at Boys & Girls Clubs Of Central Texas, offer a wide range of programs for kids from 6 to 18 years of age. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 – 5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541.

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