Monday, January 5, 2015

Family Goals: Get the Kids Involved

At the beginning of every year, my husband and I sit down and plan our goals for our family.  You can see what we did last year here.  This year, we decided our 4 year old daughter, Grayson, was old enough to really participate.  Our 2 year old patiently listened and contributed ad lib:)

Here are a few tips to help you start the conversation with your family.

Keep it simple.  Have an outline of what topics you'd like to discuss in advance.  Ours typically includes education, travel, and philanthropy.  For a preschool aged child in our house, education is the choice between two activities of interest.  Grayson chose gymnastics.  She's also been talking a lot about  "glittering"...aka littering.  This Spring we'll be finding time to help pick up the trash at a local park.  She's also requested to help clean out her closet and donate her old clothes.  Pretty impressive choices!

Define the parameters.  As with everything, you control what your children are exposed to.  If traveling isn't in your annual plan or budget, don't mention it.  If visiting a new park or zoo is of interest, allow your child to choose between 2 options.

Translate.  Tonight Grayson mentioned visiting a zoo where they sold ice cream.  Did she mean a farmers market? Or was she interested in the animals?  Nah, turns out it was just the ice cream part she really meant.  ;)

Writing down our goals allows us to re-visit them throughout the year!

What about your family? Do you have any traditions for the beginning of a New Year?

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