5 Ways to Turn Your Kid’s Resolution into a Habit

I have a confession: I love New Year's resolutions. I can't help but be inspired by a large group of people collectively choosing to look at a date on the calendar as an opportunity to make a fresh start. I think there is power in the excitement and optimism that goes along with resetting the clock on whatever lifestyle changes you want to make.

Setting SMART (specific, motivating, attainable, relevant, trackable) goals is critical for a great start, as is having support available along the journey. This is true for both adults and kids, and if your child has New Year's resolutions they're working on, you are likely their main source of support.

Researchers say it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit, with widely varying results based on the particular habit being formed. For example, it may be easier to drink a glass of water every morning than it is to run a mile every morning. Children (and most adults) don't have the focus to attack a new habit for that long without support. Keep reminding your kids to keep at it and use these tips to help them stay on track with their goals.

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