The nerdy girl who loses her braces, gets contacts and comes back in the fall as the coolest girl on campus. The little freshman runt who grows a foot, works out and returns to school as the football hero.
Maybe it’s all the teeny bopper movies I watched when I was younger, but I always see summer as an amazing time for change and growth. It’s wonderful what can be accomplished in 3 small months.
Set Summer Goals with Your Children
Summer vacation is the perfect time to help our children set a goal to learn a new skill or improve and old one. It’s amazing how just a little vision and direction can inspire children to work together and accomplish big things.
As moms, we need to lead the way. We need to set our own goals for the summer. The great thing about summer goals is that they are especially and uniquely fun. Because summer is (or should be) especially and uniquely fun.
Take some time to set a goal or two to accomplish over the next three months. Then schedule a time to take each of your children out on a date in the next few weeks to tell them about your goals and help them set their own.
Make it a family effort – post everyone’s goals on the refrigerator along with fun progress charts and set a time each day for everyone to update their chart.
Why Set Summer Goals
The point of setting summer goals for our children isn’t just to make them better at some skill or activity. That’s certainly a benefit, but I think the greater goal is to help them learn the importance of goal setting, the wonderful feeling of achievement when they succeed, and the habit of self discipline.
It’s an opportunity for them to practice making decisions. They can choose how they spend their time, so they’ll need to often choose between what they feel like doing and what they need to do in order to reach their goal. These are extraordinarily valuable life lessons.
By working with your child to set the goal(s) we can ensure that it is attainable and won’t overwhelm them. If it is a challenging one, be sure to set milestones so that they can revel in their success along the way.
Tomorrow we’ll walk through the process of helping our children set challenging yet achievable goals.
Summer is fun. Make sure that setting and achieving these goals isn’t a a chore, but a wonderful way to share the joy of summer with your children.
1. Set your own goals for the summer.
2. Schedule dates with each of your kids to help them set their own goals.
Question: What is one thing you’d love to learn yourself or that you’d love to teach your children this summer?
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