Are you are setting your own New Year's Resolutions?
If yes, how about setting New Year's Resolutions for the Keiki in your life as well?
In a recent press release in the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can also help the children in your life set their own resolutions for this year!
Pediatrician Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP says "As a pediatrician and mom of three kids, I know how important it is to set healthy goals with kids- and to be realistic about those goals. She adds, " Kids also love having something to work toward and to have fun keeping track on sticker charts or getting praise or rewards as they reach these goals, depending on their age."
You can help yourself keep accountable by aligning some goals with your children, nieces or nephews!
Below are some age appropriate resolution examples from the AAP article:
- I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
- I will try new foods when I can, especially all different colors of vegetables.
- I will always hold a grown-ups' hand whenever I cross the street.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
- I will drink water every day.
- I will try to find a physical activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing, or a sport I like and do it at least three times a week.
- I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard.
- I promise that I'll do my best to follow our household rules for video games and internet use.
- I will try to save time to read for fun.
Teens, 13 years old and older
- I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will drink sodas or fruit drinks only at special times.
- I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
- When I have some down time for media. I will try to choose educational, high-quality non-violent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours each day- at the most- on these activities.
- I will try to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep that my body needs each night.
- I will do what I can to help in my community. I will give some of my time to help others, working with community groups or others that help people in need.