Setting Goals for Your Child to Have a Successful School Year
The new school year is quickly approaching. It is the time of year that is exciting for parents and kids alike. The school year will be packed with huge expectations and high hopes. But, how do parents ensure that these goals don’t fall flat a month into the school year? Here are some ways parents and kids can set goals so that your child has a successful school year.
Listen to their goals carefully– Sit down with your child and listen to what goals they want to set for the new school year ahead. These goals should of course include academics but should also include extra-curricular activities as well. Find out what goals they are most excited about as well as which ones concern them the most.
Be sure their goals are achievable, measurable and believable– The goals that your child sets needs to be achievable, measurable and believable. Achievable goals are those that are above the goals that they are currently working on but not so advanced that they are beyond reach. Measurable goals are ones that you and your child can track and believable goals are ones that your child believe they can accomplish.
Be encouraging and respectful– As a parent, it is important that you respect their goals by talking with them instead of at them about their specific goals. Increase their confidence by telling them that you will be there every step of the way to help them achieve their goals.
Check in on their goals frequently– Every month, like on the 1st of each month, go over the goals with your child and see where their progress is at. This is one way that you can help them keep the momentum going throughout the year. This monthly check-in will also let both of you know when one goal has been achieved and a new one needs to be established.