It is the time of year when many of us, as adults, reflect on the past year and make resolutions to improve our quality of life in the New Year.
As parents of young children, we should now include our family in this process.
A good way to get started is by reviewing pbsparents.org recent article titled, “Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child”. They discuss how making resolutions an annual family tradition can be a fun and fulfilling activity by gathering as a family in December and reflecting on the past year, discussing each of your accomplishments and goals. Each family member will have a turn to share something they are proud of and something they want to improve.
Resolutions can be for the individual or for the family as a whole. One key consideration is that different aged children should, of course, have different resolutions. The following New Year tips by age are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The article can be viewed in its entirety here at aap.org.
Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Kids
- I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
- I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.I won't tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones.
- I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
- I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or are scared.
- I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
- I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.
- I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.
- I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
- I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
- I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
- I'll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
- I will never encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies to stop.
- I'll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
- I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
- I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use