What Exactly is Goal Setting?
There is an old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This applies to helping our children with goals. The goals of a child will vary greatly by their age. Younger children will need to be helped not only to reach goals, but even to establish and set goals. Just like teaching the lesson of time management or saving money, this is a very important lesson to teach this generation because society is so instant gratification driven.
For younger children it may be helping them with the goal of keeping a clean room. For older kids the goal may be making a sports team, playing an instrument or making a grade. For teens keeping the focus on the goal of college or career path is important.
One of the ways we can do this is by being transparent about a goal we have set for ourselves. It can be as simple as loosing the few extra holiday pounds, eating healthier or saving for something we want. It would be easy for children to believe that adults can have anything they want, so it is good to allow them to see us accomplish our goals.
It is important to set your children up for future success and helping them set and achieve goals early on is one way to do this!
Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on training your children to set goals.