SMART Goals for Children
Now, what I personally include in my students' goal charts are what I like to call mini-goals. I use these as steps or benchmarks for my students to stay on task. Sometimes when the goal seems too far off, children can tend to lose focus or their hope and achieving it. Mini goals help overcome this feeling, as well as boost their confidence in their journey. I suggest making them very specific, and with a timeframe.
An example that would go our case would be, "I will run a 5K under 30 minutes each weekend to improve my cardio fitness." I would then create a calendar with these mini-goals listed, in which your child can go crossing them off as he or she accomplishes them. These mini-goals will allow for more frequent wins, keeping your child confidently motivated that they can achieve their ultimate SMART goal.
The summer is a great time to practice a habit of making SMART goals. Sit with your child and ask them, "What would you like to accomplish this summer?" You can apply the SMART goal strategy to any activity or goal to help your child feel confident while building organizational skills and discipline.
The last part of my tip is for you as a parent. Make a SMART goal for yourself as well. It is a habit that anyone at any age will find helpful. Additionally, you'll be showing your child that even as an adult, you also have goals and challenges to overcome. This way, you are also normalizing the fact that people face challenges their whole life.
My tip will set your child up for success, and when children succeed, they are boosting their confidence. With confidence and success comes passion. And I believe that passion is the core of stimulating a love of learning.
This video is part of the Smarter This Summer initiative. A free program to help parents develop a love of learning in their children.
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