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