Life right now is solely centered around the three little people who share our home. From sun up to sundown our job is getting them fed, dressed, and ready to be productive members of society. While our kids are merely one, three, and six years old- it may seem a little over dramatic considering they’re not teenagers getting ready to embark on a college experience or gain independence on the road alone- however helping your kids achieve their goals starts from day one.
Reaching your goals is not only a boost for your confidence, it also reinforces the value of hard work. My six year old son sets multiple goals. While some of his goals can definitely be considered reach goals, others are extremely attainable and require two simple things: effort and dedication. Most importantly, they are goals HE has set for himself and things he wants to achieve. He is only six, but its still up to him to reach his goals on his own. The only time we become involved is if he starts to get off track.
Here are some great ways you can support your kids with their goals, no matter what their age:
- Allow them to set their own goals, you can provide guidance if they need it, but ultimately they’re the ones working for achievement.
- Make sure they are attainable goals.
- Remind them of their goals. When they are making good choices that support reaching their goals, let them know!
- Make sure they have the resources needed to meet each goal.
- Offer encouragement and praise.
- Celebrate when goals are attained.
- Make the reward of the goal its achievement, not a material item.
Our son has different goals between school and sports. As his parents, our job is far more than making sure his homework is done each night and coaching every sports team. Our involvement in his education and activities relies on helping him with challenges, then reinforcing and practicing familiar concepts, which ultimately supports his goals!
Currently he is working on a reading goal for school and getting to the next level for his seasonal sport. What types of goals are your kids working to achieve?