School is almost here and it is going to be so different from any other school year. Many of us have no idea what to expect.
With so many things uncertain, I’m continuing a habit that I’ve found to be a confidence builder for my kids…. especially when it comes to school.
Every year I sit down with them (usually at a restaurant - we had Sushi this time!) and ask them about what they want to get out of the school year. Then we make some goals.
The goals aren’t just academic. I make sure to focus on a few different areas and pay attention to what is important to them. And they aren’t MY goals, either. I give my input and guidance, but in the end, this is up to them.
How do they want to stretch themselves? How do they want to grow? It’s important that they are invested, or there just isn’t any point.
Here’s an example of some of the goals my kids set.
- Sarina - Release 2-3 songs, go for the music award (Music is really important to her)
- Alissa - Make the volleyball and cheerleading team (if it’s offered this year)
- Aiden - Get involved with sports more and get an award at graduation.
- Lucas - Get one of the monthly french awards.
Sitting down and having a discussion about what they want the school year to look like, and how they want to feel at the end of it, sets your kids up for success and confidence.
If you want to give it a shot, I’ve got a Goal Setting Exercise for Kids you can download and print.
Feel free to put it to good use. I’d love to hear how it goes for you, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.