New Year’s Resolutions for 2013
The New Year’s Eve is upon us and with that many people will set New Year’s resolutions for 2013 in the next couple of days. Sometimes these have the reputation of being more cumbersome than effective, but goal setting is a worthwhile skill if you know how to use it correctly. The trick, of course, is to learn how to follow through on the goals you set for yourself and your family.
The first step is to gain an understanding about why we bother with setting goals in the first place. The end of one year and beginning of another – as well as all the “new year, new you” commercials on TV right now – provides a perfect time to think about it. And why do we trouble ourselves with resolutions?
Goals give our days purpose, foster ambition and internal motivation. You get to experience anticipation, success and failure. Most importantly, personal goals remind you that you are responsible for how your live turns out; goal setting is a hands-on way to teach personal accountability to your kids as well.
Here are some easy tips on setting goals:
1. Be realistic by setting achievable goals. Winning the lottery, for example, is not something you can plan on.
2. Describe your resolutions in specific terms. Instead of “I don’t want to be lazy anymore,” go for “I will exercise every other morning for 30 min”
3. You have heard this before, but it is effective – Break down large goals into smaller ones.
4. Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. So you want to limit your sweets, but you eat sweets to relax in the first place? What other forms of relaxation are available to you? What other sweet healthy snack could you start eating instead?
5. Aim for things that are truly important to you, not what you think you ought to do or what others expect of you.
If your New Year’s resolution is to homeschool your children and give them the best education experience available then you really need to look into The Family School Curriculum for Homeschooling LDS Families. This curriculum’s unique approach to educating all your kids at the same time and in the same room will save you a lot of time and money. It also provides fun atmosphere for the kids to interact with each other as they learn the same things at the same time. Even though they will be learning from the same curriculum their assignments will be based on their grade level. This curriculum is designed for K-6th grade.
The Family School Curriculum is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can implement in 2013, because it will vastly improve the way your children learn and accumulate information and knowledge.