2015 is right around the corner. Last week’s blog post talked about the importance of vision and goals in moving your family forward. As adults, we are often tasked in our jobs with setting annual performance goals. Our kids, on the other hand, don’t often have the opportunity to set goals other than the short-term variety like, “get my room clean so I can go outside and play today.” Teaching our kids to set meaningful goals puts them in the best position to achieve their dreams as well as teaching them valuable skills to help them get back on track when the stuff of life distracts them.
While everyone reacts differently to change and transition, moving to a new home disrupts normalcy and can throw everyone off their game. Goals not only help us get back on track in the midst of change and transition, they also build confidence and self-efficacy (your belief in your ability to affect your life). People with high self-efficacy tend to view the challenges that arise in their lives positively and recover more quickly from setbacks. When we feel a sense of control over our circumstances, no matter how small, we feel powerfully in our lives. (read more here about the impact of goals on confidence and self-efficacy) For a helpful link to for worksheets for older kids to help with challenging behaviors and setting goals older kids, click here.
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