How To Help Children Set And Achieve Goals

Charlotte Parent|January 2019

How To Help Children Set And Achieve Goals

Helping children set and achieve goals

Malia Jacobson

As parents and caregivers, we all have goals for the kids in our care — from building healthy habits like daily exercise to hitting big milestones like a state championship. The most meaningful goals, however, are the ones children set for themselves. Setting and working toward goals helps build important skills like resourcefulness, problem solving and autonomy. Parents’ enthusiasm to encourage kids toward their goals can sometimes go awry, and caregivers may use negative, counterproductive or even damaging strategies in a quest for achievement. Here’s how caregivers can help children nurture the skills they need to set and reach goals.


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January 2019