5 Goals To Set With Your Kid As School Starts

August 27, 2014  |  

Goals.

We adults love goals. We love them so much we often do the same ones over and over, like weight loss goals, workout goals or even more lofty goals like writing books and getting that other degree. Unfortunately, adults often miss the mark. Our mini-me’s need goals too, but we have to train them earlier so they can implement them as they grow. Kids have goals too, but they generally manifest themselves as “I wanna…(fill in the blank with anything from ‘bike’ to ‘be a doctor.’).” We tend not to take them seriously, but we should sooner than later. These sponges will be adults before you can say “Dora The Explorer” and they’ll need extra skill sets to help them navigate the rough waters of life. Setting goals for kids produces good traits that they’ve have for the rest of their lives including increased motivation, focus and it boosts confidence. Quite simply, it helps them keep their eyes on the prize.

That said, I though I would compile a few suggestions for goals for you and your kids.

1. Homeschooling

I have been noticing that more and more African Americans are homeschooling their kids so that they don’t have to endure the horrid (in my opinion) school system that has taken over the United States. However, most of us, still go through public school. When they get home, continue to school them. For me, this means doing a lot of reading with my daughter about African Americans, history, science fiction books, independent science projects and more. Make it fun. Even TV can be educational if you are watching something like “Unsung,” a show that chronicles singers/rappers that were overlooked by the mainstream. Shoot, homeschooling could be teaching kids about managing money, taking them for music lessons or even reading nutrition labels on store-bought food.

2. Pack Healthy Lunches, Cook Healthy Dinners

I don’t know about these lunches they give the kids in school, but I am thinking we need to delve deeper. Better yet: scratch that. The only way I know the contents of the meal is to pack the thing myself. Last year, I slacked off and I can tell the difference in every way and form in my daughter.  This year, I am rededicated to packing a great lunch with a lot of color in it (fruits and veggies).

3. Increase Physical Activity

Facts are facts. Some kids these days don’t have the luxury or innate desire to play outside. When we kicked up dusk back in the day, we had to be reeled in like big fish fighting the fisherman’s lure. We ran around all day! Kids aren’t generally built like that anymore. This goal is mutually beneficial, because I tend to run with my daughter. After a while, you will get the sense of what your child is passionate about. Let them get into some sports or just clique up with like-minded parents that encourage physical activity. This goes hand-in-hand with good eating.

4. Limit TV/iPad/iPod/Radio Time

I know. That iPad or television keeps the kids occupied and quiet while you are cooking cleaning, checking Facebook or whatever else you have to do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: limit the time on these devices and give them some think that allows them to use their hands and bodies. At the very least, get them some super quality apps that have some redeeming value other than rotting their brains into mush.

5. Actually Setting And Keeping Goals

This is the ultimate goal of goals. My daughter and I set goals every year, a couple times a year, and we do a vision board to reinforce those accomplishments for the upcoming school year. Last year, we achieved a lot, but I have to admit, I strive to do better this year. I intend to help her set her own goals and stick to them. In turn, I hope I can do the same with my own goals, because God knows, I am all ideas and follow-through can be less.

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