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shoot for the MOON…

…even if you miss you will land among the stars

shoot for the MOON…  …even if you miss you will land among the stars

Teaching your child how to set goals is one of the best things you can do for their future. Setting a goal not only helps with motivation, it encourages kids to achieve their dreams in an organized fashion. The next time your child has an ambition, help them grow by showing them how to achieve even the biggest of goals.

encourage your kid to go BIG

Sure, many of the goals a child can concoct are unlikely. Going to Lego Land when you live on the other side of the continent from it costs about $4,000. Yet if your child is eager to save that much money, you should encourage them to do so. Even if they never make that $4,000 (or no longer want to go to Lego Land after it is saved) studies show that goal-setting is linked to higher achievement in life, and whatever money they do save is more than they had before.

make that big goal into a series of smaller goals

If the goal is to become an Olympic swimmer, one doesn’t simply show up at the games and dive in without even knowing how to swim. The same goes for achieving a big goal. The first step is to get swimming lessons and to find a way to practice as often as possible. According to a Fox59 article, breaking up a big goal into smaller ones also makes struggling forward easier because you can see your progress.

model goal setting for them

On New Year’s Eve, many of us set goals for better health, smarter finances, and higher learning. This is a tradition adults do, but it is also a great opportunity to introduce goals to children, and show them through your own actions how to set and achieve goals. (And let’s face it, when you know your children are watching and learning, you’re just a bit more likely to try harder for those goals.)

Drawing attention to the process, both from making the goal, breaking it into smaller ones, and then achieving those goals one by one is a great way to show kids how it is done. If you’re planning to lose weight, you can set a small goal of losing just one pound, or going on a walk every day, and let them see your starting weight, go on those walks, drink that extra glass of water, right along with you. When they see that successful loss (yes, even when the loss is one pound and your goal is 25) they might be more encouraged with their own goals.

Teaching your kid to dream big and aim big will help them later in life. The child that sets up their savings account to one day go to their favorite amusement park will be the child who isn’t afraid to try for Yale or Harvard later in life. Big goals make big successes, so helping your child now will pay dividends later.

books that encourage goal setting

Encourage your children to dream big and shoot for the moon with these motivating stories. Featuring characters who set lofty goals and work hard to achieve them, these books inspire young readers to believe in their potential and strive for greatness.

coloring fun

Please enjoy this free Tot Tails coloring page to help share this message with your child.

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We would love to hear your experiences and advice on empowering little ones to shoot for the moon, fostering ambition, determination, and a belief in their own abilities. Are there any books or resources you feel can help? Thanks so much for reading and feel free to comment below!


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