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Kid Resolutions

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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