Lose weight, stop smoking make more money, and find a new job…
Typically adult resolutions made on New Year’s right? But what about some that might help your kids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a variety of interesting and helpful New Year’s resolutions for kids that parents might want to suggest to their kids for a prosperous 2016.
There is everything from following home rules like limiting Internet time and brushing teeth to tackling chores and even suggestions/resolutions about bullying. As parents, it never hurts to make sure your kids are being the best young people they can be.
I will clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day. I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
I will help clear the table when I am done eating.
I will be friendly to all animals. I will remember to ask the owners if I can pet their animal first.
I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help or am scared.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old
I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.
I will take care of my skin by putting on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
Kids, 13 years old and older
I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.
I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities. I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and Internet use.
When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. I will also avoid the use of e-cigarettes.
I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.
Just like adults, it never hurts for kids of all ages to have their own set of New Year’s resolutions!