Do you help your child set goals?
Children, just like adults, need to set goals in order to achieve certain things in their young life. Teaching your child to set goals can be very beneficial and it can aid the development of their responsibility, a key skill that will aid them throughout the entirety of their future. There are several ways that we can help our children set goals based on the situation and their age.
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Setting school and homework goals
School is an important part of a child’s life from a very tender age. It is a necessity as it educates them and teaches them the ways of the world in preparation for the time that they will grow up, graduate and move on into the working world. Helping your child set school and homework goals can be done in several ways:
- Be sure to ask them what they did in school every day
- Ask them what they were proud of and what they struggled with
- From there, make a check list of homework that you want them to do both in their strong points to make them feel proud when they complete it and the things they struggled with so that you can help them learn it.
Setting life and relationship goals
Relationships are something that will carry your child throughout their life in both love and friendships alike. Be sure to intervene and inquire with the teacher for young children to see if your child is fitting in well and mixing with others. Also, ask your child who their best friends are so you can then mingle with their parents and your children can spend more time with each other outside of the school environment.
You can then sit down with your child and help them make new friends and as they get older, tell you about boys or girls that they like. Of course, for teenagers, parents should also be prepared for the talk to help their children prepare for their future potential marriage and the time they have children themselves. In essence, a good parent never stops helping their child set goals for their life and relationships.
Setting creative goals
Children need their creativity nurtured. Who knows, your child could be the next Tolkien; you never know! Taking steps to help your child develop their creativity is essential. Sit down with them as they get older and ask them what they like the most in school and then teach them new things.
Teach them to draw, teach them to write stories and potentially even teach them to play music. You can then set them goals and deadlines for writing you stories, drawing you pictures or even singing you a new song. As they get older, you can continue this trend and in the future, you can even have a portfolio of your child’s creative works to give them for the sake of nostalgia and to show them how much they have progressed creatively.
Parenting is arguably the most difficult and strenuous career of them all, but equally the most rewarding. Money is never an object when it comes to being a good parent, it is all down to the love and dedication and helping your child set goals is a sign of triumph as a parent as doing so can cover all forms of your relationship with your child. Help them set school and homework goals, help them progress through life and relationships and even nurture their creativity.
As parents, let’s help our children enjoy a bright and happy future by helping them set goals.