Learning how to set goals and work toward them is an important life skill. By introducing the concept of goal-setting to your child at a young age, you can help establish a habit that can benefit your child for a lifetime.
Especially for younger children, start by setting small goals. When children are young, a goal can simply be an action that can be repeated and tracked.
It’s best to involve your child in the goal-setting. Find out what he or she would like to achieve this year, and then help him or her to decide the necessary steps for achieving it. For example, if your child wants to be a better reader, you could set a goal of reading for at least 15 minutes every night – a goal that’s specific and can be tracked.
Here are some realistic ideas for setting goals for kids that you and your child can use for inspiration, tailoring them to reflect your child’s goals: