In just a few short days, we’ll be celebrating the beginning of a new year and, with that celebration, many of us will be making New Year’s Resolutions. There are always the old fallback resolutions for adults – the ones that are typically forgotten by the first week of February. But for kids, the options are endless; they can use the resolution framework to reflect on 2016 and mindfully prepare for 2017. New Year’s resolutions are an opportunity to practice those meta-cognitive and self-regulatory skills, which we know are important for both academic and personal achievement.
Once you’ve worked together to find all the successes of the past year, it’s time to brainstorm what might be different in 2017, and how you and your child can prepare for what’s coming next in their personal lives. Think about what worked, and what didn’t, in 2016 to make a plan for continued success. What do I want to achieve in 2017? What tools do I already have to achieve those goals? What might I need help with to reach those goals? What’s my contingency plan if I feel like I’m struggling – who are my support system?