Teaching your child the value in setting goals takes confidence, and it needs to come from you.
We often share the importance of creating objectives and working together as a team, but here’s something we’re working on this year: setting family goals.
Our children are getting a better understanding of the world around them. It’s a critical time in their lives to learn things we didn’t know at their age.
With a curious six-year-old who has been asking questions about religion and life in general, we knew it was time to focus on other important topics. These conversations will help build his future and his way of thinking.
As parents of multiple children, setting family goals will be a great tradition for us to continue as the years go by. Also, focusing on tasks they can accomplish to help reach their dream is valuable at any age.
Thinking Of Goals That Matter
Whether you’re writing down ideas or thinking of ways to improve old ones, it’s important to understand the end goal.
As a family of three kids and two pups, our goals may look different than yours, and that’s okay. It’s all about focusing on the essentials, for you.
Here are 5 ways you can begin jotting down family goals for the upcoming year:
1. Think of things you need to accomplish.
Starting out with the essentials is always a good idea. This way, you can get to the things you’d like to accomplish as well. Remember, you do what you need to do to get where you want to be.
2. Write down small goals that coincide with the bigger ones.
It’s easy to think of the bigger goals, but it’s hard to cross them off you don’t have a plan of action. Focusing on smaller goals to reach your ultimate one is key to accomplishing more each step of the way.
3. Decide on ways you’ll be tracking your family’s progress.
Whether you’ll be pulling out a notebook or tracking things on a sheet, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on where you are with your family goals. If you’re competitive like us, then this will be perfect for bonding as well.
4. Ask your kids questions about the things they would like to see happen in the upcoming months.
When we’ve asked our kids about the things they’d like to add to our weekly schedule, it’s always been more family time. For us, one of our goals is to focus more on family-friendly activities. This will allow us to make time for each other, and not have anyone feel left out.
5. Add fun ones, too!
Yes, fun goals do exist. Maybe it’s to travel more by visiting family and friends. Regardless of what those fun ones might look like to your family, it will have to be something everyone can agree on.
Questions To Ask When Setting Family Goals
Whenever we plan something that involves the kids, we think of ways they can add their input. Whether it’s a gathering at our home or at someone’s, we do our best to keep them top of mind.
Including the kids in creating ideas to improve your lives together, is something that can help you bond with them.
Here are a handful of questions to ask the kids when writing down ideas together:
- What is your dream job?
- What kind of business would you like to have?
- How much money would you like to save?
- What would you like to do this summer?
- Is there anything you’d like to learn?
- How would you like to leave the world?
- What is your favorite topic at school?
- What makes you happy?
- What would you like to see someday?
- What parts of your life do you enjoy most?
Do you plan family goals every year? Share some ideas below!
BONUS: 2020 Vision Board For Kids Sheet.