Tips for Parents
Helping students set goals in the new year
When your student says, "I want to be smarter with my time," what does he mean? Does he want to join an organization that will help him explore some career possibilities? Is he going to make a concerted effort to spend less time in front of a TV or computer? Does he want to learn more about effective time management skills? Encourage him to explore what this really means and to put some ideas into action.
When she says, "I need to meet new people," what is she looking for? Are her current friends not meeting her needs? Is she looking for folks who will challenge her positively? Does she want people around who she has more in common with? Help her determine why this is a "need" for her so she can figure out the best places to seek new acquaintances.
Yes, resolutions are often a personal matter. Yet bouncing around ideas and exploring options with your student can help lead him to effective goal-setting behavior. And that's the start to a happy, productive new year.
Five Elements of Successful Goals
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