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New Year's Resolutions: How to Help Kids Achieve Them

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Choose Something Measurable

Kids, like adults, have a tendency to talk about goals in terms that are both indefinite and overambitious. Instead of vaguely deciding to "do better in reading," a more achievable resolution may be to visit the library once a week to pick out a book to read. Instead of pledging to win first place at the science fair, a goal that can easily go awry, your kid can promise herself to get a head start by starting her research before the end of January.