The following is a post from contributing writer Stef.
After Christmas we like to sit down and have a discussion with our boys about goal setting. It is important as a family that we show our children we are setting goals and plan to help keep each other accountable. We want to show our children that as a family – a team – we need everyone’s help.
If you have yet to make resolutions or goals as a family, you might consider the following ideas:
- physical improvement – health / wellness
- mental improvement – education / intellect
- self-improvement – hobby /sport
- spiritual improvement – faith
Make sure you are balanced in each area. If you can only list one goal for each category – only list one. Children will obviously need some help with ideas. More PE, less Wii, more scripture memorization, less sugary snacks, extra 15 minutes of karate practice daily, reading before television, a new chore chart, etc.
Once you fill each category consider adding a time frame.
- In the next 30 days I want to …
- In the next 60 days I want to have …
- In the next 90 days I want to have …
- By the end of this year I want to have …
Younger children have a hard time thinking “by the end of the year,” but honestly don’t we all?
Do not allow a time commitment to discourage anyone.
Post your goals in the home.
Plan a special (fun) meal one night each month for discussion and accountability night. This is the perfect time to show grace and lift one another up! Goal setting with homeschoolers leads to great discussions, time for encouragement, and also wonderful praise reports!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11