Ok, so I am 26 years old and I still get that excited nervous feeling for the first day of school.  I have loved seeing the happy kids walking to and from school with new backpacks and shiny shoes.

I loved this idea of setting goals with your kids at the beginning of a new school year.  Linda and Richard Eyre say that setting goals is natural to kids.  They want to do it and they love to see themselves improving and getting better.

Setting goals has always been a big part of my life.   My dad was an avid goad setter.  We would set goals at the beginning of the year and on Memorial day.  My dad had a goal binder that he would pull out now and again and see how we were doing.  Sometimes he would have personal interviews with us and we would discuss how we could better fulfill what we said we would.  I mean this was serious business.

This is the format of our goal sheet:

1 year goals:

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5 year goals
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10 year goals
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Character goals
I always thought that the character goals section was most applicable.  I could do things each day to improve  myself and I loved the challenge of that.  And it worked because I made this goal, all my myself, and this is something that I really wanted to work on.
Help your kids set goals at the beginning of this school year.  How is this school year going to be better than last year?  What are they going to improve on?  Give them a week to think about it and then have a goal setting night as a family.  And remember that your kids do what they see you do.

 
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