yes-or-noEvery January New Year Resolutions become the biggest buzz words, hashtags, news stories and in school, writing prompts. Why? Many believe that it is the perfect time to reflect about the past year and make changes using a brand new year with a fresh start.

Do kids need to make resolutions and if so, at what age should they begin?

Since I work with children ages six to eighteen I decided I would ask them what they thought. The kids under age eight asked me what the word resolution even meant (some couldn’t even pronounce the word). One child did say,” Oh, I know! It’s when people make wishes and hope they come true.”

One group of nine year-olds made the following comments:

  • Isn’t that when people write down things they want to do, but most quit trying?
  • I loved this comment from a very “well informed” child. “It’s a fact that only 10% ever accomplish their goals and the rest just quit.”

Answers from older kids were a mix of, “Yes I make resolutions” to “No way!”, to “B_O_R_I-N-G!”

It became very obvious to me that a small percentage of younger kids understood what making new year’s resolutions are about and that older kids understood, but only a few cared. For January, my next several posts will be about setting new year’s resolutions with children 7 and under, then 8 to 12, and then teenagers, in a positive nonconforming way.

The other question I will address is, how important is it to teach younger children about setting new year resolutions, or is it really that big of a deal? There will be a lot to talk about!