New Year Resolutions
year we set many New Year resolutions.
Though we make few good starts, we won’t
stick on it. It is not good and it spoils the
essence of New Year resolutions. The
real benefit of setting
New Year's Resolutions is teaching children
the importance of setting goals.
And goal setting is an important skill a child
can take all the way in to adulthood and to achieve
a successful future. Every year, American Academy
of Pediatrics releases/add tips for helping children
to create New Year's Resolutions. You may choose
and set New Year resolutions from the following
• I will clean up my toys.
• I will brush my teeth twice a day, and
wash my hands after going to the bathroom and
before eating and practice good hygiene
• I won't tease dogs - even friendly ones.
I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers
and face away from their mouths.
Kids, 5 - 12 years old
• I will do my homework in time.
• I will sleep in time.
• I will drink milk and water, and limit
soda and fruit drinks.
• I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors.
I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible
and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when
I'm playing sports.
• I will try to find a sport (like basketball
or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping
rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and
do it at least three times a week!
• I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.
• I will wear my seat belt every time I
get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use
a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a
lap/shoulder seat belt.
• I'll be nice to other kids. I'll be friendly
to kids who need friends - like someone who is
shy, or is new to my school.
• I'll never give out personal information
such as my name, home address, school name or
telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never
send a picture of myself to someone I chat with
on the computer without my parent's permission.
13 years old and up
• I will eat at least one fruit and one
vegetable every day, and I will limit the amount
of soda I drink.
• I will take care of my body through physical
activity and nutrition.
• I will choose non-violent television shows
and video games, and I will spend only one to
two hours each day - at the most - on these activities.
• I will help out in my community - through
volunteering, working with community groups or
by joining a group that helps people in need.
• I will wipe negative "self talk"
(i.e. "I can't do it" or "I'm so
dumb") out of my vocabulary.
• When I feel angry or stressed out, I will
take a break and find constructive ways to deal
with the stress, such as exercising, reading,
writing in a journal or discussing my problem
with a parent or friend.
• When faced with a difficult decision,
I will talk with an adult about my choices.
• I will be careful about whom I choose
to date, and always treat the other person with
respect and without coercion or violence.
• I will resist peer pressure to try drugs
• When I notice my friends are struggling
or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with
a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that
I can help them.
Source:American Academy of Pediatrics,