Setting healthy New Year’s resolutions with your keiki
Learning how to set and achieve goals is a necessary life skill for success. Many of us ring in the new year by making resolutions, however studies show that only about 8% of us achieve our goals!
One way to help assure that you reach your goals is to set them with others. And who better to make a fresh start with than your keiki? Sharing a new year’s resolution with your kids shows them how they can make step-by-step positive change, including setting, attaining and sustaining goals.
5 steps to successful family goal-setting
- Make a resolution together. Brainstorm ideas and work together to decide on the details. When everybody has a say in the resolution, you’ll all feel more excited to work on your goal.
- Keep it simple. When kids are involved, it’s important to keep resolutions simple and attainable so keiki feel capable of learning new habits. Set a goal of adding just one daily activity that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.
- Decide on a way to measure your success. Make your goals measurable so that you can tell whether or not you’re succeeding. If you and your keiki want to read more, set a goal of reading a chapter of a book or a single picture book per day.
- Be a role model. Let your child see you enthusiastically participating in your family goal – even if the activities feel childlike. If your goal is to exercise more, then jump rope alongside your keiki!
- Enjoy the journey. Explore fun and creative ways to reach your goals. Choose your fruits and veggies by the colors of the rainbow or schedule a weekly visit to the library to pick out a new set of books!
More examples of family New Year’s resolutions:
- Do an active indoor or outdoor activity together for 15 minutes every day.
- Have a family game night after dinner once a week.
- Have a “sunny and stormy” bedtime conversation with your keiki where you share something exciting and something disappointing from your day.
- Have a piece of fruit with breakfast every morning.
- Eat a vegetable with lunch and dinner daily.
- Drink 6-8 cups of water a day.
Making New Year’s resolutions can be part of a cherished family tradition leading to bonding time and fun! The Mālama Ola team wishes you and yours a healthy and happy 2020!
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