I recently read an article about how resolutions can be beneficial for kids. "Making a resolution can teach children and teens how to plan and take charge of their actions." This was a quote from a Wall Street Journal article by Clare Ansberry. And I agree. Healthy resolutions for kids are a great idea.
Which brings me to piano. Now that I have put the holidays behind me, I have time to catch my breath and make sure the kids are off to a good start to the year. As a family, we are focused on healthy routines. Of course, they need to do school work, chores, and eat well, but there's more to my aim.
I think that all kids need a hobby or sport outside of school. It helps them develop a work ethic and teaches them the power of setting goals and achieving them. Specifically, I think developing a talent outside of school is really important for girls to help them feel secure and powerful.
My younger daughter has a real talent for music. But talent alone won't get you far. You know the joke about how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. It's been a challenging conversation. There is no instant gratification with piano. Unlike sports, you don't have teammates cheering you on and practicing beside you. Piano requires solitary effort.
This year my daughter's resolution is getting in 5 hours of piano a week.
Practicing the piano is something I can help with. I can find a teacher that connects with my daughter, I can source fun music for her that she connects with (like "Tomorrow" from Annie), I can give her a great learning environment and I can remind her to practice. I can also celebrate her improvement just as I would a sport.
Just like helping her achieve her goals with piano, it’s also my job to make sure her health is a focus too. That’s why moms like me rely on Align Jr. in our daily routine to help promote and support a healthy digestive system.*
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Healthy Resolutions for Kids
Make the resolutions reasonable. The WSJ article cites giving up sugar completely as an unreasonable goal. I think a goal of cutting down to one treat a day is much more likely. Small changes can have big impact, like taking Align Jr. every day to fortify your digestive system with healthy bacteria 24/7.*§
Have a plan to keep on track. Goal charts or weekly check-ins can help. Be sure to celebrate each incremental success. Talk about the process at the dinner table.
Have an on-ramp available when kids get off track. Let your kids know that most adults fall off the healthy habit bandwagon too! In reality less than 40% of us keep our resolutions. For instance, I have resolved to sleep more in 2017 (aiming for 7-8 hours a night), but I have had setbacks and there have been one or two nights of 5 or 6 hours already this year. Share this with your kids and tell them it’s okay to have failures, the important thing is to keep trying.
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