Summer is winding down to its final stretch. It’s time to start thinking about back to school supplies, clothes, and goals! This is a big school year for us. My youngest enters middle school making me a mom to a 6th, 7th, and 10th grader. (YIKES!)
A new school year is a big deal for everyone when you’re a kid. For younger kids, a new year may be filled with questions on what to expect. For older kids or teens, it may be a time to show everyone who you are on campus.
The start of the new school year is the perfect time to start thinking about goals your child has in order to make the upcoming year a great one. Are their goals to make good or better grades, learn new skills, join a team, club, or even get a first job?
Before we get into goal setting, let’s chat back to school fashion first. Why? Well, anything is possible when you look and feel comfortable in your clothes.
I love shopping Gymboree because it provides quality, coordinated looks to outfit every occasion like the first day of school. If you haven’t already, check out Gymboree’s Back to School looks. The bright colors and bold patterns are perfect fit for both boys and girls. Since my youngest is getting more into clothes, I love that at Gymboree he can find clothes to help him just be himself.
This year, my niece and son had a chance to get together to chat about back to school goals. My niece, who enters the 1st grade this year, got some good advice from my son who was there not too long ago. They chatted about her plans to learn new tricks on her skateboard while my son shared his plans for his first year on the football team.
5 Tips for Helping Your Kids Set Goals
How can you help your child set goals for the new school year? Take a look at my tips below!
1. Set specific goals. The best goals are those that are specific and have a measurable end point. For example, a goal to learn how to write is pretty vague for your child. But a goal to learn how to write their first and last name by October is specific and has a clear achievable end point and goal.
2. Print or write goals down and then post them. Writing goals down then posting them is a great way to keep the “eye on the prize” and to remember what goals are for the year. Placing them somewhere visible is a great reminder to keep on working on the goals. We keep our goals taped inside a kitchen cabinet. They are easy to reference and when we grab something out of that cabinet we get a friendly reminder to keep on working towards our goals.
3. Set achievable goals. Nothing is more frustrating for children or adults than when you work hard at something and then feel like you can’t accomplish or do it. For example, saying you will lose 20 pounds in a month is not realistic. Saying you will lose 5 though is. If your goal is to lose 20, set a goal for 4-5 pounds each month for next 5 months. Breaking this goal down in achievable milestones makes the goal possible.
4. Map out goals into smaller goals. Like in the above example, setting up smaller goals is a great way to check progress and stay on target towards achieving goals. Mapping up the goals helps to create the plan to help achieve the goal. Have your child include due dates to have the goals accomplishments when they are mapping their goals out.
5. Have check points. Check in on goals once a month or so to track progress of your goals. If your child wants to read 10 books before the school year is over, set up a plan to read one book a book. You can set your checkpoints for everyone in the family too, to help with motivation and accountability. We like to coincide our checkpoints to take place when report cards and progress reports are issued by the school.
Time for the giveaway! One random winner will be selected to win a $50 gift card from Gymboree. Just follow instructions below including sharing what your #KidGoals are in the comments. Multiple chances to win. Giveaway ends on August 7, 2017. Open to U.S. residents only.
Thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring today’s post and giveaway!