Although setting resolutions for the new year might seem a little cliché to adolescents, it’s still a great idea for parents to sit down with their kids to figure out their future goals. Adolescence is a very pivotal time in a person’s life, and navigating the waters of that time period can be tricky.
That’s why setting new year’s resolutions will help the adolescent start the new year with a renewed sense of confidence and purpose as he continues to mature towards adulthood. Below are some suggestions for resolutions adolescents and their families can set for the upcoming year.
Children who have closer relationships with their parents and families are less prone to depression and other negative behaviors. This is why it’s important for parents and their children to spend time together.
The window of opportunity parents have to spend time with children during their adolescent years is very limited, and that’s why time should be carved out for them to spend together. Activities can include visiting another city, playing basketball, or even cooking family dinner together. The most important thing is that parents and children have to actively engage with each other.
Join A Sport
Many times adults say the one big thing they regret about growing up is not being involved more in sports. Besides getting exercise, kids who are involved in sports generally have higher self-esteem and learn important social skills about working within a team. Kids should make a resolution to get involved in a sport that they’re interested in, such as tennis, soccer, or basketball.
Find A Part Time Job
Teaching kids the value of money, and also helping them start earning their own money is important. This will give them an introduction to the world of employment. Since the kids are still adolescents, the jobs can be very part time, but the kids should set a goal to find a way to earn some side money.
This can involve babysitting, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, or even helping with computer problems. Whatever it involves, kids can set a goal to start earning some money for themselves, which can set the groundwork for when they start pursuing employment more in earnest.
Set Academic Goals
Also very important is kids setting academic goals for themselves. Adolescence is when kids have to start getting serious about where they want to go to college, and start developing their career interests.
Whether it’s starting to learn Spanish, or wanting to focus more on science or art, kids should set goals for themselves about what they are most interested in and what they want to excel at. Parents can help their children by talking to them in a non-judgmental and relaxed way about what they’re interested in. This will help kids start thinking about what they enjoy doing more without feeling intense pressure to know right away.
Adolescents are at a wonderful time in their development, where their lives hold so much potential for growth and new experiences. Parents who set new year’s resolutions with their children will help them start realizing their own potential and talents.
Aaron Smith is a counselor with years of experience helping teenagers and currently works with Adolescent Growth.