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New Year, New Goals

Help children and teens start a new year with focus and determination - what three things do they wish to achieve this year?

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In this goal setting activity for children and teens, we encourage your children to think of and jot down three goals for the year ahead. They can be anything they like!

Setting and achieving goals is not just for adults; it's a powerful practise that can greatly benefit children's mental health. Here's why goal setting is a fantastic tool for cultivating a positive mindset and fostering well-being:

Building a Sense of Purpose:

  • Goals give children a clear sense of purpose and direction, helping them understand the value of their efforts.
  • Knowing they are working towards something meaningful contributes to a sense of fulfilment and motivation.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence:

  • Achieving even small goals provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting self-esteem.
  • Success in reaching goals reinforces the belief in one's abilities, building a confident mindset.

Enhancing Focus and Concentration:

  • Goal setting encourages children to prioritise and concentrate on specific tasks, improving focus and building prioritisation skills.
  • The process of working towards a goal teaches valuable skills of time management and organisation.

Developing Resilience in the Face of Challenges:

  • Setting and pursuing goals teaches children that challenges are a natural part of the journey.
  • Overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of goals fosters resilience, teaching children to bounce back from setbacks.

Instilling a Growth Mindset:

  • Goal setting encourages a growth mindset by emphasising that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
  • Children learn that intelligence and talents can be cultivated, leading to a positive approach to learning and challenges.

Fostering Creativity and Imagination:

  • Goals can include creative endeavours, encouraging children to explore their imaginations.
  • Pursuing creative goals allows for self-expression and the development of unique skills.

Empowerment Through Goal Setting:

Setting and achieving goals empowers children by giving them a sense of control over their lives. This process reinforces the idea that they can actively shape their future and make a positive impact.