The start of a new year brings with it a clean slate and a chance to try to be a little bit better than we were the previous year. Unfortunately, breaking New Year’s resolutions has become as customary as breaking them. As a result, the idea of resolving to be changed in some way during the next year of life has become something to be mocked. Often the main reason for failed resolutions is the setting of too lofty of a goal. Being able to set realistic goals is where the real power lies in setting kids New Year’s resolutions. Read on for some kids New Year’s resolutions that are worth your time and effort.

Do Something Charitable

Helping to set your kids New Years resolutions is a tremendous opportunity to help them learn about being charitable. You can talk to your child about possibly growing out their hair during the year so they can donate it to Locks of Love. Separately, you can help them figure out a soup kitchen, senior living facility, or other community service activity where they can volunteer and give of their time. Perhaps you may want to encourage them to raise money for Relay for Life or another worthwhile organization that requires them to set a goal in order to help someone else.

Learn Something New

A new year is also a wonderful time to commit yourself to new things. Help your kids to explore new subjects in school that they may be interested in or that they don’t know anything about. Perhaps there is a milestone (academic or otherwise) of some sort that your kids may want to achieve before the end of the year. You may even encourage them to pick an activity, sport, or hobby to explore. Who knows; they may find something they are passionate just from taking a little time to learn.

Demonstrate Kindness and Goodness

One of the best kids New Year’s resolutions that can be made is to work on being better to people that we encounter on any given day. Perhaps it is a sibling that they could treat with greater kindness. On the other hand, it could be that your child could use some work on obeying you as a parent, their teachers, or others in authority over them. However, it can also be a continuation of good behaviors that they are already exhibiting rather than the turning over of a new leaf.