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10 Goals to Set With Your Kids or Grandkids

Updated on October 12, 2015

Copyright 2011 - Kris Heeter, Ph.D.

Setting goals and making resolutions for change doesn't have to happen just once a year when the New Year rolls around. If you are looking create some family fun or if you just need get out of a rut, why not sit down with your family and create some family resolutions or goals?

You can create a list for the year or set a new goal or resolution each month. Be sure to get the kids involved in the planning and goal setting process. This is a great group activity that will not only teach your kids or grandchildren how to set goals but also how to work towards them.

1) Volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen

Volunteering at a soup or community food kitchen is often popular during the holiday season, but these community based groups operate year-long and odds are they will not turn away help any time of the year.

This is a great opportunity, as a family, to give back to your community with your time and to touch the lives of others.

2. "Adopt" a senior or veteran

There are countless elderly seniors and veterans that do not have family living close by. It could be someone in your neighborhood or church.

Consider inviting them to dinner one or two nights a month or help them with errands.

Some of my fondest memories as a child are visiting and having dinner with my senior neighbors who lived next door. Over the years, they became like grandparents to me and my siblings.

3. Go hiking or visit a park once a month

City and state parks are wonderful places for families to go and spend a day together. Getting out and enjoying nature does wonders for the body and soul. State parks often offer a variety of guided hikes and nature centers that are wonderful educational resources.

4. Limit fast food to once a week or less

If getting healthy or staying healthy is a family goal, work toward limiting the number of times you and your family eats fast food each month.

Swinging through the drive through on the way to a ball game is not the best way for kids to fuel up before playing their favorite sport.

While I was growing up, a trip to McDonald's was a treat - we only got to go on rare occasions. To this day, I'm very thankful that fast food wasn't the every day "norm".

5. Start a nightly family gratitude journal

End the day on a positive note!

Sit down with your kids and keep a journal - write down something good that happened each day. Looking at the positive rather than the negative will do wonders for a good night's sleep!

This is also a great way to keep track of the memories and activities you create with your children and grandchildren!

6. Start an indoor or outdoor garden

An indoor garden can be as simple potted herbs or growing sprouts for salads.

An outdoor garden can as simple as some potted tomato plants and potted herbs. Or if you have the space, something a bit larger on a small piece of land in your yard.

Growing fresh herbs and veggies is not only healthy but it teaches the value of quality food and gardening at a young age!

7. Take a monthly or bimonthly trip to the library

Despite the popularity of reading online or digitally through a Kindle or Nook, nothing beats an afternoon at the library, perusing through the stacks to find a good book.

If you have young kids or grandkids, most libraries in the U.S. offer weekly story time.

8. Start a family reading challenge

Try setting a family goal of reading a certain number of books a year.

Often times schools or libraries will have summer reading challenges - why not make it a family event?

You can make this super fun for the kids by having them create a family chart and using stickers to count of the number of books each family member has read.

9. Schedule regular family game nights

Rather than sitting in front of the TV watching a movie, try a family game night. Board games and card games can be tons of fun for all ages.

10. Make cards for the homebound or homeless

The holidays can be a very lonely time for many. Why not sit down as a family and make some Christmas, birthday, or Valentine's Day cards for a group in your community that is either homeless, shut in, or in a nursing care facility?

Christmas cards could be delivered along with caroling, or deliver birthday cards as a singing telegram for someone that is home bound.

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No matter what time of year - you can start now!

Even if it's not the new year, making family resolutions and goals can be started at anytime. Be creative and have some fun with it.

The ten listed above are just some ideas to get you and your family started!

Enjoy the quality time together!


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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      @trsmd - thanks for stopping by. Teaching goal setting at an early age can help kids later in life:)

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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Nice resolutions for the children and hope it will be really helpful to the kids. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are all great ideas. I think that creating resolutions for the whole family is wonderful. Happy New Year!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      These are all excellent tips, but the one about journaling is my favorite. Not only is it a good habit to establish early in life, but it helps them develop the literary skills they need for school performance.

      As a final bonus, what a wonderful set of reference books they are building for their future generations as they can share snapshots of what life was like for them growing up. Voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great ideas all especially the journal, reading and game nights. One might also add trips to zoos and museums.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome idea for the new year! I love your list of suggestions.

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      Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

      I especially like the tip about starting a gratitude journal. Kids may not realize it until they get older, but developing the habit of recognizing things we can be grateful for early in life helps to develop and cement positive throught processes that will serve to bring success into our lives as adults. Voted up and Useful!