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4 Tips For Parents: Help Children Set Effective Goals

The skill of goal-setting is very important in one’s life. It’s critical for developing grit and just simply getting what you want out of life. As a parent, you can help your child nurture this skill!

Knowing how to set effective goals also helps your child:

  • to take responsibility for their own behaviors and learning
  • to develop a “can-do” attitude
  • to form a powerful lifelong habit

Below are 4 tips for you to consider when guiding your child to set goals.

Get them started early 

At the beginning of the school year, sit down with your child to discuss their strengths and challenges in each subject area, then set actionable goals and write down steps needed to achieve these goals. Get your child started on the right foot and stay ahead.

Give them your undivided attention

Be a good listener. Not only is this important for helping your child to work out a plan for school and extra-curricular activities, but you’re being a role model for your child when it comes to taking the time to help others.

Set realistic, achievable, and measurable goals

First, make sure that the goals that you and your child set are realistic and achievable. With your child’s school and extra-curricular schedule, and your own work schedule, are there enough time and resources to support your child to achieve their goals? Then, figure out how your child will keep track of their progress and stay motivated.

Your support is needed more than ever

When setting goals with your child, let them take the lead. And don’t forget to let them know that they have 100% of your support. This will make them feel secure and confident!


Our tutors are excellent communicators and collaborators and can work together with your child to find the best ways to set, measure, and achieve their goals. Contact a tutor today and get the help you need.

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