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Why should I teach my child to set goals?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Studies show that goal-setting can help kids gain the sense of discipline it takes to stay motivated to complete the tasks they've set for themselves. The best news is that goal-setting is a skill that we can teach our children at a young age. And once they've learned how to set their own goal it shows in their performance as well as in their self-esteem!

The following are goal-setting benefits for kids:
  • You'll see your child start a school project -- without waiting until the last minute -- and finish it.
  • You'll find your child doing his chores -- without your nagging -- because he knows he has to do them in order to start on his homework.
  • You'll discover your child thinking through the jobs he needs to do for the week and making plans to complete them.
  • You'll also see your child's confidence grow as he succeeds in the goals he's set for himself.
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