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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

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New Year's Eve Resolutions for Kids.
New Year’s Eve Resolutions for Kids.

What age do we begin to help with New Year’s resolutions for kids. Many experts on children’s behavior suggest that children 7-12 are often not old enough to have developed habits but are old enough to think about changing behaviors. Making resolutions could also be a good exercise in family cooperation!

First, be a model for your children.  Make resolutions for yourself or the family that you can keep and that make everyone’s lives happier.

Second, be realistic and narrow down “large” resolutions.  So, if your children want to resolve to keep the kitchen spotless, you might narrow that to “I will take my dishes in to the kitchen after I eat.”

Third, be positive in the tone of the resolutions; don’t treat them as “fixing” bad behaviors.

Fourth, while following up is a good idea, don’t nag. Work with them to make resolutions successful.

Fifth, make resolutions together, but let your children have the final word.  

Hopefully, your children (and you) will learn that you can set realistic goals and achieve them.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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