Setting Goals For Your Kids
Setting goals for your kids years at school
This is a great way to get them thinking about what they want to do for the year and find their focus. Going to school becomes such an everyday occurrence. Help your kids remember that the purpose of school is to learn.
Goals can be set for any age group.
From the kinder gardener to the high school or college student, take a few minutes at the beginning of the school year to set some goals. Now that I’m a mom, I can see how much this would have helped me throughout school.
Especially when I began college
– I was on my own.
If my parents would have sat down and helped me set some goals, I probably
would have finished college 15 years ago instead of going back now.
Make the goals as simple or details as needed,
depending on the age of your child.
For young children, the goals can involve making new friends, behaving in school, and getting homework done on time. As they reach junior high and high school, they might want to set a goal to try a variety of classes and not just pick their favorite subjects.
When your children reach college age,
help them find their focus and decide on a course of study. Don’t assume that the professors and advisors will do this for them. Talk with your kids about what they like and where their
Help them consider career choices
based on the courses they prefer.
Whatever age your children are at, setting goals is a great way to begin
the school year and get your kids focused. Follow through with them and watch
Setting limits with clothes shopping
I had a friend that I went to school with.
Her father gave her a credit card to her favorite clothing store, and told her that her limit was $500 – and not to go over it. Each month her dad would pay off her credit card, giving her another $500 to spend.
She loaded up the credit card each
month with new clothes.
She had so many clothes that there were some she had never worn, and she rarely wore the same outfit more than once. I like simplicity. I could not understand the point of buying clothes that did not get used.
I wondered what her life would be
like when she got married and
her dad no longer paid
the credit card.
I believe it is important to set reasonable limits on our children and their spending habits. The limit can be whatever you see fit, but should be appropriate for the child and should be able to teach them some value.
Finding value in things helps us to
appreciate them more and they
will have a greater desire to
take care of them.
When I was young, we did not have a lot of money, and my mom set a spending limit for my school clothes. I was given $100 to get clothes with. It did not matter to her whether I went to a local department store or hit the big brand name stores,
the amount was the same. I would buy my $42 Guess jeans and a few shirts, and that would take up all my money. I learned early on the lesson of value. The Guess jeans were really important to me and because they cost so much money, I took care of them. I could have spent the money better elsewhere, but I still learned from it.
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