How do you teach your kids about goal setting?

Elizabeth - posted on 12/31/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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How do you integrate lessons about setting and teaching goals into your childrens lives, so they grow up reaching and achieving goals as a way of life?

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Janet - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have teenageer and a 22yr ald. If they wanted to go to the park when they were little we started with getting up, making up their bed eating breakfast , brushing teeth and getting dressed ,have them do little things to get the big reward. your teaching them steps to the finale goal.the older they get the steps can change.

Suzanne - posted on 01/02/2010

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IT DEPENDS ON THE GOAL, SET A STAR CHART WITH CHORES ON IT, WHEN THEY REACH A FULL WEEK OF DOING THAT CHORE /GAOL THEN REWARD THEM WITH A FAVORITE ACTIVTY OR MOVIE ECT... THIS SHOULD SHOW THEM "HOW' A GOAL/ CHORE IS ACHIVED. GOOD LUCK.

Rebekah - posted on 01/01/2010

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Start out with small and attainable goals that you know that they can reach now. One way my mom did this with my brother and I when we were growing up was with a chore chart. Everyday we would have index cards in the day of the week to accomplish and they would be memorizing a Bible verse before we can watch TV or go outside, cleaning our room, or washing the windows and sometimes we would find a FREE card that we got to choose something we wanted to do because we had been good. All of these are the building blocks to helping with goals.

Other things you can do are if your child has talents, talk about those talents that God has placed in their life. Then show them how these talents can grow - show them people that have been successful with the same talents and then show them how they can set up goals now to be successful too. But just make sure it is something they continue to enjoy, for if they stop enjoying it, it could become a resentment in their life if they no longer want to do it.

Heather - posted on 01/01/2010

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Well, my kids are pretty young, the oldest is 7, however we talked about goals last night. We talked about making them realistic and achievable. Start small like keeping your room clean for a whole week. Or doing something every day for a week. Then as you get better at reaching small goals you can start making bigger ones.

Felissa - posted on 01/01/2010

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My husband I started early. You have to realistic though, you cannot say that your child will know the alphabet by age 1 when they are just begining to put together simple three word sentences at 18 months.

Keep it simple if they are young you have to lead by example. If they play with toys and you want them to pick up (goal is for them to do on their own and have a clean room) then help out then praise!

Older kids are different , you could talk with them and write down their goals and maybe even chart progress and sucess when their goal has been achieved.

I hope some of these ideas helped. :)

S - posted on 01/01/2010

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It depends on how old your children are. My mother did it by teaching financial stability at the same time. She would take old checkbooks and we would act like we had a job (chores around the house). In our checkbook we had to pay "bills" (so we would get a feel for how money gets spent) and money would be alloted for entertainment and such. When we saved enough money in our checkbook AND managed to keep it balanced and pay all the bills she would actually get us something we really wanted .

ex. we wanted a 40 dollar toy we had to save an actual 40 in our play account. After the purchase was made the money wad deducted and we went from there.



May be a lil confusing typed out, you can send a PM if you want. Hope this helps

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