Kids: Seven Tips to Help You Reach Your New Year's Resolutions

Dec 28, 2015, 12:00 ET from USA.gov

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Do you have a New Year's resolution?" You hear that a lot in December and January. You may be wondering what a New Year's resolution is.

A New Year's resolution is a goal you set to improve something about yourself, starting in the new year. Your parents may make resolutions to get more exercise, save money, or spend more time as a family. You can decide to keep your room clean, do your chores without being told, or save more of your allowance.

Here are seven tips from Kids.gov to help you reach your goal:

  1. Pick something that's important to you.
  2. Make your resolution specific. Let's say your goal is to do better in school. Does that mean getting all A's and B's? Or does it mean improving your grades in math or science?
  3. Make a plan you can stick with. If you say, "I'm going to study for two hours every day," you may do it for the first week or two--then you may get bored, frustrated or too busy with chores and after-school activities. You want to give up.
    Instead, you can say, "I'll do my homework every day. On the days I don't have somewhere to go (like sports practice or music lessons) I'll study an extra 30 minutes. For tests I'll start studying a week in advance."
  4. Write your goal down and put it where you'll see it every day, like on the refrigerator or your bedroom wall.
  5. Tell your goal to someone, like your mom, dad, or best friend. They can help support your goal.
  6. Congratulate yourself for making progress, even if you don't do everything perfectly or all the time.
  7. Remember, it's your resolution. If you quit, you can always start again--you don't have to wait for next year!

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