Experts agree: Teaching kids to work toward age-appropriate goals can help them to become successful adults. Achieving goals helps children to develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and build self-efficacy, the confidence that they can succeed in reaching their objectives.
People with high self-efficacy believe they can change their situation by changing their behavior, and are subsequently more likely to persevere when facing obstacles than those with lower self-efficacy, who are more prone to becoming discouraged (and giving up). Self-efficacy can have a profound impact on a person’s life, so it’s never too early to begin fostering that confidence.
Work with your child at home to find the teachable moments in chores, homework, allowance and other everyday routines. We’ve compiled a list of tools for helping your kids set – and achieve! – their goals and resolutions.