It's a New Year! If you've set new goals for yourself, why not get your kids in on the act? Our friends at Parents.com say kids ages 7 to 12 are just the right age to learn to make resolutions. How can you get them started?
* First of all, mom and dad, share your goals with the family. Lay your resolutions out there on the table too. That way you can support each other.
*Don't make the resolution for your child. If they need help coming up with an idea, suggest a few broad categories like personal goals, friendship goals, helping goals and school goals.
*Have the child make a list of two or three resolutions that are specific and within their reach. Here’s an example, I'm going to keep my room neater by putting my shoes in the closet and hanging up my coat every day.
*Frame their resolutions and hang them up as a reminder.
*It's ok to check in on how their resolutions are going throughout the year but don't nag. If they fall short, encourage them to adjust their plan.
*You can also brainstorm family resolutions together. Maybe you'll help out one charity a month or visit grandma once a week.
*Resolutions can be a great way to bring families together to work as a team and create new traditions.
Helping Teenagers Quit Smoking
Maybe your resolution this year is to quit smoking. That's a real challenge for teenagers who light up. Now there's a way to help them kick the habit. And it's right up their alley. A free text message service called smokefree t-x-t provides 24 hour encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. Teens sign up, and select a reasonable date to quit. After that, text messages timed to their selected quit date are sent on a regular basis. They will continue to get texts for up to six weeks after their quit date. Experts say six weeks is a critical time, because that's when people need the most support to stay off tobacco for good. The National Cancer Institute also provides a website where teens can talk to one another about their efforts to quit. According to the NCI, 20% of American teens are smokers and most will continue to smoke as they age. Even though many teens want to quit, many don't k
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