5 Ways to Improve Goal Setting for Kids.
Fewer things are as satisfying as setting goals and working hard to get them. Seeing the results after achieving something we want it to do is an amazing feeling.
But we live in a world full of rush and crazy daily dynamics. Sometimes, we let ourselves be carried away by this, and we want everything to happen as soon as possible. Our children are no exception to this. In fact, for them, this is even worse since this is the only thing they know.
To teach goal setting to your kids is to prepare them for success, help them achieve the goal they want, and teach them about discipline and self-awareness.
One of the most important things about the process of creating and accomplishing a goal is that when our children achieve it, they reinforce their self-image (self-esteem) and understand that when there is a plan to follow, they are capable of achieving new things.
Even if the goal cannot be achieved, there is a learning process involved: things do not always turn out as we planned, but this does not mean that we should give up, on the contrary. If we identify what we need to improve this time and try harder, we will achieve better results.
As usual, Spimbey got your back, so we have brought you 5 effective ways you can teach and improve goal setting for kids. Let us go right into it.
Visualization is key.
This seems kind of obvious, but the very first step on your children’s journey to reach their goals is helping them in the visualization of that particular goal.
Our perception is dominated by the things we see. If we can see the path, it is more likely we transit that path without getting loose. The same goes for our children. Here are some of the things you can try for visualization in the goal-setting environment:
- Writing down your goals is helpful as it strengthens the mind and prepares it for the path ahead.
- Create a structured plan to achieve the purposes.
- Use a goal-setting worksheet, where your children can see all the small steps they have accomplished and how long before they reach their goals. You can use a blackboard as well.
You can apply all these tips to whatever goal your children are setting. Whether for the school year or to learn a new ability, being able to see where they are heading will give your children an extra push to keep things going.
Make sure not to overstep.
Your children must acquire this value in their life, but above all, they must learn to assimilate the responsibility of setting a goal.
Here it is important that you allow them to be the ones who make decisions about their actions. This will help them take responsibility and be aware that they will not achieve their purpose if they do not work on it.
Sometimes, as parents, we tend to want it to take control over all the things our children do, but after all, if they create goals, they should be the ones who control the way they reach them.
Teach them about delayed gratification.
One of the greatest goal-setting activities ever is to simply teach our children to think about the long game.
As we said, instant gratification is something that is constantly around us. We want things to happen quickly because we are looking for that rush.
Do not get us wrong, having those quick goals can be great to keep some kind of motivation, but the truth is that motivation does not last forever. In the path of teaching your child to set goals, nurture their resilience, patience, and discipline.
Some goals will require more willpower than others so, our children must learn from a young age to think about long-term goals.
Use positive reinforcement.
If you follow our blogs, you know how much we love to talk and recommend the use of positive reinforcement in the learning process.
Do not miss a chance to congratulate your children on their achievements and every time they accomplish one of the small steps of the plan you create with them.
Recognizing that what your child has been doing is helping them move forward is very important and part of staying motivated.
Track goals and performance.
Reviewing the action plan is something you should do constantly; do it every week, so you can make adjustments as needed as you go along. Also, make sure your child understands that it is okay to change directions and do things differently when things don’t go as planned.
Don’t forget to ask them how they feel about their progress and how they have been feeling during the experience. The communication you have with your child is the main indicator of whether they are on the right track.
Remember: throughout their process, encourage them not to give up. These good practices will go a long way in helping children do better in all their day-to-day activities, from academics and sports to personal relationships.
At Spimbey, we want every child to achieve great things. We believe in the potential that lies behind every kid.
Do you have any particular goal-setting techniques you do with your children? Share it with us! We love the feedback from our community of Spimbers.
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