New Years Resolutions aren’t just for adults. Help your kids learn self-discipline by creating a list of healthy habits they can achieve over the upcoming year. Just be sure to keep the list simple, practical, and most important, age appropriate. Here are some suggestions. Feel free to create your own.
- I will pick up my toys and put them where they belong.
- I will brush my teeth every day.
- I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
Big kids and tweens (ages 5-12)
- I will drink milk and water, and limit soda and fruit drinks.
- I will do my homework on time.
- I will listen to my parents and do as I am told.
- I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors.
- I will wear a helmet when I ride my bicycle, scooter or skateboard.
- I will be nice to other kids and friendly to kids who are shy or new at school.
- I will wear my seatbelt every time I am in a car.
- I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet.
- I will take care of my body through physical exercise, eating healthy food, and practicing good hygiene.
- I will adopt a “green” lifestyle.
- I will keep my room clean.
- I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only 1-2 hours each day on these activities.
- I will help out in my community through volunteering.
- I will go to bed at a decent hour so I can get a good night’s sleep.
- I will wipe negative “self talk” (i.e. “I can’t do it” or “I’m so dumb”) out of my vocabulary.
- I will be a good role model for my younger siblings.
- I will always treat my friends and people I don’t know with respect and kindness.
- When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk with an adult about my choices.
- I will text less and read more.
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