- For young kids, making a goal something visual that they can see is a must. They don’t understand waiting and working hard for something like us adults do. They need a visual reminder. We work a lot with pictures around our house. We cut things out of catalogs and print things from the computer. We then place the goals and dreams in a prominent place for the girls to remember what they are working hard for.
- Make sure you set the goals in short term increments to attain the long term goal. For example, the goal for our girls for the month of January is for their rooms to be clean. Each week we give the girls three tasks to complete, once they are complete, they get a sticker…a reward for working hard. At the end of the month when they have collected all their stickers, they get a big reward. Family Fun Night!
- Don’t make the goals so big, and expect so much out of the little ones that they fail right away. This isn’t setting them up for good goal-setting habits for the long term. For young ones, we want them to dream. We want them to think the world is their oyster. Help them along their journey. Always, continually build up your little ones 🙂
- Pray, ask God for it and believe that God will and wants to fulfill every one of your needs and desires. That’s an easy one for kids to grasp 🙂 And I think it’s a fun one to teach as well. God is GOOD!
- Keep what is important to YOUR family, first and foremost. For us, that is our Lord. We want our girls to know that He is there no matter what we are going through. If you fail, He is there. If you win, He is there. He is walking beside them at all stages of their journey. When they are little it is hard to explain this, so we have found that books really do the trick. There are amazing authors out there who can relay messages to little kids better than us parents can. Admit to it and grab a book. We do 🙂 Some great Tommy Nelson books that I recommend are:
Goal planning is a very important thing to do, not only for yourself but for your family. Aren’t you much happier when you are working towards achieving something? What are some things that you do with your family when it comes to goal planning?