S.M.A.R.T. Goals Will Set Children Up for Success

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From school, to home, to extracurricular goal-setting is an important part of development and achievement. And I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again. But it is true! Without goals, we lack purpose and direction for the things that we want in life.

Goals help give a child purpose. They know what they are supposed to be doing. Goals also allow them to track their growth. As time goes on and tasks are completed they can look back on old goals and see how far they have come! Goals also keep a child motivated. It gives them something to do. Kids are always looking for something to do and without it they can become unfocused quickly.

One way you can help your kid to start setting easy to understand goals is by using the S.M.A.R.T method. Each letter stands for a different characteristic a goal should have so that it can be achieved!

We have included a free S.M.A.R.T. Goal chart printable below!

Here are what each of letters stand for and mean:

S- Specific. This means that the goal isn’t vague or too broad. They should simply explain the what, why, and how of what you plan to do. For example, “I want to make $20 by starting up a lemonade stand so that I can buy that new toy I want. It clearly identifies what they are doing, how they are going to do it, and why.

M- Measurable. A goal should be able to be measured. If you can’t measure it, how can you track your progress? Sticking with the lemonade stand example, “I will sell 20 cups of lemonade for a dollar each.” They can easily measure how well they are doing by seeing how many more cups they need to sell.

A- Attainable. The goal needs to be achievable and realistic. Will the child be able to reach the goal? “I will set up the lemonade stand with the help of my mom.”

R- Relevant. Is this goal worth it? Goals are a great thing but can become a problem when they aren’t necessary for what they want in life. “Creating a lemonade stand will help me to gain money for the new toy I want.”

T- Time-bound. This is essentially creating a timeline and setting a deadline for the goal to stay on track. “I will sell lemonade Friday afternoon and finish selling on Saturday afternoon.”

Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals with your children will help them have a clearer picture of the things that they want to do in life and set them up for success!

 

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