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August 14th, 2013

Back to School Goals

Do you know if your child or teen has goals for the new school year? Many kids do, although they may be described by kids as hopes and dreams. You can help turn their hopes and dreams into solid attainable goals. Here are some guidelines.

As school begins start a brief conversation with your child. A question like, Have you thought about what you want to accomplish this year? Or, What do you hope this school year will be like for you? Listen carefully to your child’s response.

Your child might say, I’d like to have more friends this year. Or, I want to learn to play the flute, or I want to do better in math, or I hope I make the basketball team. All of these goals are important. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when you have that talk with your child about their upcoming school year.

Help your child pick a couple of goals. For younger children picking one goal is a good place to start. For high school kids, a maximum of three might work well.
Help your child set realistic goals. Making more friends is a much more realistic and positive goal instead of trying to be in the popular group. Improving my math skills is a much more accurate goal than acing every math test.
Help your child make a plan to accomplish the goals. For instance, to win friends, initiating conversations and practicing being a good listener is an excellent place to start. To improve academic performance, increasing focused studying time and perhaps getting extra help on a routine basis is a good plan.
Every good plan should include a way to monitor progress. Tell your child you’ll check with them in a few weeks to see if the plan is working. Always praise efforts in working towards a goal. It’s much more important that achieving instant success.
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