I was a little girl I with some big dreams. I wanted to be a figure skater, a singer, and an actress. As I grew older my talent and love of being in front of people evolved into hobbies like public speaking, and creative writing. Eventually I realized I wanted to be a journalist and I pursued and achieved that dream years later.

I’m one of the lucky ones–Who knew what I “wanted to be when I grow up” from a young age. But I think more importantly that that (I don’t particularly like that question these days), is for my kids to have an understanding of what lights them up. How they can help people. And how to set goals and work towards them.

At the start of the new year all the buzz is about setting goals and new years resolutions. But I think this is something that’s important we work on constantly. With regular checkins, and reflections on how it’s going. Tweaks when necessary. I told you how I like to practice goal setting with my kids. And even how we make vision boards for kids in our home. But in case you’re just not sure where to start when it comes to setting goals with your kids. I’m going to share some ideas to get you started.

When helping a child learn how to set a resolution, it’s beneficial to have some suitable New Year’s goals for kids to choose from. This means the goal needs to match their age, cognitive abilities, physical abilities, etc. For example, it’s not realistic to expect a two year old to read 10 books each month. However, each kid is different and you know your child best. So, here are some ideas that may suit your child in their goal setting for the new year.

20 Goals For Kids

  1. Keep their room clean OR clean it once a week/twice a week – for us, this is a “job” for my kids. If they do it without me asking, every day (along with their other 3 jobs that day) they get paid.
  2. Share their toys better – Great for little ones.
  3. Not fight with their siblings – You can have your kids make a plan for what they’ll do when they have a conflict, besides just telling mom.
  4. Read a new book every month of the new year – A library membership can help with this. Here are some great books if you’re looking for a place to start.
  5. Brush their teeth every night without being asked – Your dentist will thank you!
  6. Eat fruits and vegetables at least once a day – Love this goal
  7. Only drink one soda a day – Or no soda at all, or switch to sparkling water.
  8. Drink at least 2 glasses of water a day – Something I need more than my kids.
  9. Join a sports club or another club at school – A great goal for kids wanting to make new friends, or branch out more.
  10. I’m going to move my math grade up one letter grade (or other fitting subject) – Ask your child how you can help.
  11. I’m going to do ten minutes of running for every hour I sit on my phone, computer, etc. – I love tying goals together.
  12. Read a physical book for ten minutes for every hour I sit on electronics – Another two for one.
  13. Limit playing video games to one hour every day – Consider downloading a screen time app to help with that.
  14. Limit the time I’m on my phone after school to one hour – Or even put their phone away for a period before bed.
  15. Write a letter to my grandparents once a week – Or a thank-you letter. This also helps you take notice to those who help us.
  16. I’m going to consciously help someone once a day – A random act of kindness can go along way. I have other ideas for those here.
  17. I’m going to start doing my own laundry – Offer to show them how the first couple of times.
  18. Slow down, sit down, and have a good chat with my parents once a week – A good habit to get into, especially as they get older and busier.
  19. Recycle all the plastic that I can for the year – Or other environmentally friendly goals.
  20. I’m going to learn one new recipe/song/poem/fact, etc. a week – My kids like to use Alexa to help with this.

Now support their goals and cheer them on

biracial boy running on a track field

You can adjust many of these to fit your child and their specific personality or talents. However, these are a great starting point. Also remember they’re kids. And some times they’ll need some encouragement from you on how to set their goals, support to help make it happen, or inspiring messages when they feel like they’re falling short. From these suggestions, it should be easy to set New Year’s goals for kids.

What goals are you or your kids working on this year?

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Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

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