Five tips to successful New Year’s resolutions for kids

January 1, 2017 Published by


Happy New Year! Although 2018 might have been a challenging year, it’s important to keep positive as we head into 2019 – and what better way than to set yourself a New Year’s resolution?

Let us also make it clear that it’s never too late to start a new year’s resolution, whether it’s at the start of the year or later in the year, the most important thing to remember that you don’t only wait till the beginning of the new year to consider this a limited window to start something new, whether it be a new challenge, learning a new skill or taking up the opportunity to improve ones self, it’s never too late!

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously easy to forget about after the fog of the festive period has lifted; we can also be guilty of setting unrealistic goals (I will definitely lose that weight this year though…).

This is even harder for children because it takes a lot of focus and perseverance, even when you’re not seeing much progress. But self-improvement is also a really good skill to encourage and one that will help your kids throughout life.

“I think it’s always nice for kids to come up with their own, but they often struggle with this, Instead, you could suggest thinking of a resolution for each other – but be prepared for your son or daughter to tell you to get off your tech!”

 –  Dr Amanda Gummer

New Years resolutions aren’t for every family, but if you’d like to have a go this year, here are five tips to get you started:

  • Resolutions are more likely to be met if they come from the child themselves, so see what they can think of! It will help to talk through their ideas to come up with one achievable goal.
  • Make a whole family resolution – for example, everyone could aim to eat vegetables at dinner time, do ten minutes of exercise each day, or limit themselves to a certain amount of screen time.
  • Keep each other in check – It’s harder to forget if someone’s giving you a nudge now and then – and your kids will love reminding you not to have that extra biscuit with your tea.
  • Lead by example – set your own goal (or make a resolution for each other) to aim for, but own up if you struggle. It’s good for your child to see how you deal with your own hurdles along the way, so they can learn to cope with their own.
  • Use S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based) to help keep everyone motivated:


Example of new year resolutions for kids through SMART objectives


It’s always great when kids think big, but helping to break these goals down into something achievable will make it easier to stay focused and really build their confidence.

What resolutions have you made with your kids this year? Let us know in the comments!


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This post was written by Anna Taylor

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