Back to School Goals

I’m a goal setter. 

I’m not always a goal attainer, but I like to set goals. 

And, even though I’ve been at this mom gig for some 20 years, I’m still figuring things out.

So I’m going to sit down with the kids this week and have them learn to set some goals for the school year. 

I’ve learned that a good goal is a S.M.A.R.T. goal. 

SMART stands for Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time-Bound

I spend a lot of time at my job setting SMART goals, and I think it is a good thing to pass on to my kids. 

One of the frustrating things about my children (and I’m sure that they are not unique) is that they set a lot of real lofty goals– like becoming a professional football player (oh wait, we DID have a local kid who achieved that goal, so that IS achievable!) or making millions of dollars playing video games. I know that I work a lot smarter and more focused when I have good goals in place at work, so I think the kids should have some goals for their very important job.

The hard thing is, MY goals for my kids may not be their goals. So I have to make sure that I let them talk, and really listen. 

I also know that often a well-placed carrot can make goals even more achievable. I have a few young teens who want much cooler phones. . .and perhaps they will appreciate them more if they work really, really hard at their “jobs” for them–just like I do. I have two little girls that really like to buy “all the books” on their book order. Perhaps if they work, really, really, hard at their jobs. . .

Chime in: Do you set goals with your kids? What has been the best way to work on setting (and attaining) those goals? Let me know in the comments! 

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