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New Year's resolutions kids can make and keep

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Each year as New Year's Eve approaches, people across the country make New Year's resolutions. Nearly half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions, according to StatisticBrain.com.

The top 10 New Year's resolutions made by American adults for 2014 are:

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less and save more
  • Enjoy life more fully
  • Stay fit and healthy
  • Learn something new
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others fulfill their dreams
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

Not all who make resolutions follow through; however, you are 10 times more likely to achieve your goals if you intentionally make resolutions.

We talked with a group of teens and 'tweens to learn more about New Year's resolutions that kids can make and are likely to keep.

Like the resolutions made by American adults, the resolutions suggested by our group of teens focused on improving life for self and others. Here are the suggestions made by our group of teens:

  • Eat less junk food
  • Keep house or room clean
  • Learn a computer programming language
  • Try your best in school
  • Cooperate more and don't fight with siblings
  • Become a better musician or athlete
  • Learn a new skill
  • Listen to parents
  • Exercise an hour each day
  • Walk a mile each day
  • Spend less time on electronics
  • Read 30 minutes or more each day
  • Save money instead of spending
  • Be nice to grandparents and other relatives

Making resolutions is easy enough to do. Write down your objectives for the new year. But the trick is to follow through with your resolutions. Our teens offered these suggestions to help you follow through with your resolutions.

  • Make a calendar and list steps to take each day toward fulfilling your resolutions
  • Check your list each day to make sure that you're moving in the right direction
  • Double check your list of resolutions periodically
  • Use sticky notes in your room and house to remind you of your resolutions
  • Write your resolutions on magnets and place on the refrigerator
  • Share your resolutions with a friend
  • Make a contest to see who can follow through with their resolutions

Parents can help teens and 'tweens stay focused on their resolutions by talking together about the steps needed to turn a goal into reality.

Share your own resolutions and other goals you've set in life. Share the steps you've taken to achieve your goals. Help your child break down each resolution into smaller steps so your child will see progress.

Parents can also encourage their child's desire to reach a goal by celebrating the progress made. Share how you have met goals in your life and setbacks you overcame.

Talk together about family goals. Whether you're saving money for a family vacation or trying to keep your house clutter-free, success is more likely when the whole family works together.

New Year's resolutions aren't just for adults. Kids who learn to set goals and work toward their goals will be better prepared for the future.

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