Goal-setting: Why is it crucial for your child?
As parents, we naturally want our child to develop grit and succeed in life. We dream that they will be competent problem solvers and go on to reach their dreams. Getting them to excel academically may be a stepping stone towards that.
But it can be a cause of frustration if your child do not share your “passion” and enthusiasm for studying. We get you, parents. How do you get them to work hard if they do not even see the value of it? Do you sometimes wonder, how do you inspire your un-motivated child?
The answer you are looking for may be getting your child to set goals and ACHIEVING them. Having something to focus on can inspire your child to work hard towards the concrete results that they want to see. In fact, teaching your superkids to reflect and set realistic goals is one of the important lessons that should begin at a young age.
But who knows that setting realistic goals (and ultimately, achieving them) is not as easy as it sounds?
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Goal-Setting for Children: 3 Crucial Steps
1.Get your goal-getter to believe in themselves
There is a famous self-fulfiling prophecy:”Believe that you have what it takes and you’ll probably get it done. If you think you’re going to fail, you likely will.” Even before anything else, the first thing to do is to make sure that your child has what it takes to achieve his/ her dreams.
2. Let your child choose their goals
Instead of dishing out your expectations, why not help them to consider what they truly want to accomplish this year? If your child is committed, they are more likely to put in the hard work.
You can ask them questions like:
- What are the grades that you wish to see at the end of the year?
- What is the one thing that you would like to achieve?
Make sure that the goals that they have set are specific, measurable and achievable.
3. Discuss with them the importance of their goals
Sit down and discuss with your child the purpose behind the goals that they have set. Chances are, if they see the impact that their aspirations can have in their lives, they are more likely to persevere when the journey gets more challenging.