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January 2016 Issue

Resolutions That Stick!

The holiday season marked the end of the calendar year but your child has half the year left to improve academically, especially if they didn't hit the ground running in the fall. Here are some ideas from to help you and your child make resolutions that stick.

1. Choose Something Measureable

Goals cannot be indefinite and overambitious. Instead of resolving to "read more" which can be vague, how about making a point of visiting the library weekly to borrow a book to read?

Rather than vowing to win first place at the Essay Writing Contest, a promise to start researching and exploring topics in January to get a head start, is something one can better control.

2. Speak To the Teachers

Teachers can offer valuable feedback on the areas that need focus and suggest realistic goals. Once the goals have been set, share them with the teacher so that they can support and motivate progress. Knowing that people are rooting for you can be a very powerful motivator.

3. Incentives

Resolutions are better kept when there are incentives. However, rather than material incentives, consider rewards that they may enjoy, such as having a friend sleepover, reading for fun, backyard camping, a lesson on decorating cupcakes, etc.

4. Set An Example

Remember, kids aren't just listening but also watching. It is is important to set your own resolutions for change and share them with your child. Discuss any challenges or roadblocks you may experience along the way and how you plan to overcome them. This teaches children persistence, communication and decision-making skills.

5. Think Beyond Academics

There are plenty of areas for self-improvement besides academics. It is always a good idea to mix academic goals with non-academic ones to keep things from getting too serious. Some ideas would be to learn to cook, grow a garden, volunteer at the animal shelter, learn a new skill or language, start a blog, and so on.

6. Set The Stage For Success

Create a home environment that is conducive to better study habits. Designate homework and study areas away from distractions. Keep healthy, nutritious snacks at hand. Encourage your child to get school work out of the way so that they are not burning the midnight oil, losing precious sleep.

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