Sunday, October 08, 2006

How you can help your child to set goals

The start of the academic year is a great time to sit down with your school-age child and help him set some goals.

It's important that the child decides on his own goals rather than you dishing them out! If your child is new to goal setting here are some ideas for questions you can ask to help him create some goals this year:

  • "What is your favorite subject at school?" "What would you like to achieve in that subject?"
  • "Where do you want to get in your chosen sport this year?"
  • "What goals could you set that might make school more fun this year?"
  • "Are there any new skills you would like to learn this year?"
  • "What do you want to achieve this year in music / art / your favorite hobby?"
Once your child has some goals, your most important job is to provide encouragement and to believe in him!

You can also help by teaching your child to visualize his goals and imagine them - bedtime is a good time to do this. Get him to describe what it will look like, sound like and feel like when his goal is achieved. There are lots of great techniques on the KidsGoals website!

Happy Goal setting with your Kids!


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