This Family Activity: Simple New Year’s Goals Printable is fun and helps our kids think about setting goals. When our kids were younger we did this fun craft: New Year Goals for Kids: Wishing Wand.
If you’re seeing this in March just remember you can always take time and reflect at any point in the year!
It’s never too late to set goals!
I’m a goal setting person which I partially picked up from my father who always wanted me to lay out a 3 point plan for whatever I was asking permission to do. He wasn’t necessarily a goal setting person but he trained us to think this way. As a result, I’ve been able to share this value with my family and hopefully it helps them in their future. Not sure if they love it but I always try to make it fun.
This fun worksheet I came up with is based on some thing I saw online over at Mique’s blog here and throughout blogland. It combines all of the things we like to do at the beginning of the year–pick one word, and set goals! My children need a little bit more guidance so I explain it a bit more on my printable for my kids who are 6, 9 and 12 years old so I included more information on mine.
Remember earlier this month I shared our 4 gift idea: something you want, need, share and read. So I’m loving this simple New Year’s Goals Worksheet with 4 goals. It’s simple and practical.
- Want— Here you will share something you want to do this year. It doesn’t have to be trying something new but think out of your comfort zone. Something you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t made time for. For example, a food, a class, a project, an activity, a trip… This year I want to try________.
- Need— Here you’ll share something you need to learn or acquire but focus more on things like patience, joy or kindness… not stuff.
This year I need to ___________.
- Share–Here you’ll write something you want to share with the world, neighborhood, work, school, community… It can be as simple as sharing kindness, or your giftedness like singing, or abilities like baking…
- Succeed – Here you’ll share specific goals you have for yourself. Remember to make your goals S.M.A.R.T., see point #4 below for the explanation. For example, I want to succeed at losing 10 pounds by March. I want to succeed at training to run a 5k with my family. Or studying harder, being
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Make it into a Family Activity
We make goal setting a family activity. We all sit at the table and talk about the highlights of our past year and what we are looking forward to doing this coming year. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure to serve a fun snack for the family to enjoy!
- Avoid distractions. Meet in your home with the screens off. Outside is fine if there are no distractions like a busy park or noisy area. Also, don’t multitask! That would be me, trying to make dinner while we’re talking. Devote focused time to this one activity. It won’t take longer than 30 minutes but plan on 45 minutes.
- Share highlights. We let everyone in our family take turns sharing the highlights of the past year. It’s my favorite part to hear what they enjoyed this year. It always surprises me to hear the highlights are always things like family experiences not stuff they received.
- Make sure your Goals are SMART this is an acronym that is helpful to remember when you are setting goals. This may be too much to share if your kids are really little but in our home the ages range for tween to kindergartner so I touch on the S.M.A.R.T points–Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound.
- Go through the printable and have each person in your family fill it out and then discuss it as a family.
- You can also add a show and tell component to it and have everyone take turns and use a fake microphone to share.
- As a faith based family we always pick out a verse for the year and this time we did it at the beginning of the school year so we will still use the same verse. Our family verse is, “We have this hope as an anchor firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19. We end with prayer because we can make plans for our year but he directs our paths.
- If your kids are younger we set guidelines at the beginning so children are laughing at each other or talking over someone. We remind them to listen when someone is speaking, respect what they have to say and feel free to ask questions.
How do you set goals as a family?
Stop by and check out our other New Years Activities: Countdown with Fizz Fun in champagne glasses, New Years Family Reusable Time Capsule Activity with 2 great printable options, New Year’s Balloon Countdown (printable and activities)
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