New Year's Resolutions for Kids

Michele Meleen
New year resolutions of a little girl

Choosing a New Year's resolution helps kids set a goal and work toward achieving it. Resolutions can be big or small and should be focused on the child's personal goals and desires.

Resolution Ideas for Preschoolers

This list of short-term resolutions is perfect for preschoolers ages three and four who crave immediate gratification.

  • Independently complete one specific household chore every day or week.
  • Learn to write your full name.
  • Memorize your parents' phone numbers.
  • Pack your own snack for school each day.
  • Let a friend borrow a game or toy for a week.
  • Have a five-minute dance party every day for exercise.
  • Give away ten pictures you've drawn.
  • Join a kids' sports team or specialty class.
  • Taste one new food every week.
  • Choose two screen-free days each week.

Resolution Ideas for Ages Five to Seven

Kids in this age group should be able to brainstorm their own ideas with a little help and write them out.

  • Write one letter each month to a family member who doesn't live with you.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day reading with a person or animal in your house.
  • Donate one old toy each week/month.
  • Give five different people a compliment every day.
  • Play with every toy you own at least once during the year.
  • Donate any items of clothing you don't wear for six months.
  • Invent a new game and play it with your family.
  • Wash your hands for two minutes before and after every meal.
  • Start a gratitude journal and write down two things you are grateful for every day.
  • Do kids' yoga every morning before school.

Resolution Ideas for Ages Eight to Ten

Older kids' resolutions can be more focused and extend outside themselves.

  • Sit next to someone different at lunch each day/week.
  • Make dinner once a week.
  • Choose one author and read every book they've written.
  • Learn about ten historical figures you've never heard of before.
  • Start a club.
  • Write letters to all your favorite athletes or celebrities.
  • Watch the entire series of a show your parents watched when they were kids.
  • Designate a screen-free week every month.
  • Meet five business owners in your community.
  • Open a kids' savings account and set a savings goal.

Family Resolution Ideas

If you've got kids of all different ages, consider creating family resolutions you'll all have to work on together.

  • Leave a motivational note in the house where everyone can see it each week.
  • Host family game night on the last Friday of every month.
  • Eat dinner with your grandparents once per week.
  • Create a photo book or scrapbook of the year's family highlights.
  • Secretly do one nice thing for one other family member each week.

Classroom Resolution Ideas

Let kids brainstorm goals for the class or classroom then vote on one or two.

  • Collect 100 books for the classroom library.
  • Perform a random act of kindness for every other person in the class before the end of the year.
  • Celebrate every holiday listed on a standard calendar, including those in other countries.
  • Make a yearbook that only includes your classmates and your classroom's accomplishments.
  • Make your classroom green by recycling, swapping out paper towels for washable ones, or banning straws.

How Parents Can Help With Resolutions

Start by being a good role model and following the same guidelines for your own resolutions as you set for your kids. Then, help kids write and choose an appropriate resolution.

How to Write a Resolution

Kids' New Year's resolutions should come from their own ideas and follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Stay positive - Word it as something you are going to do rather than something you're going to stop doing.
  • Be realistic - Set goals that are achievable within the year so you don't set yourself up for disappointment.
  • One is enough - Choose only one or two goals to keep from getting overwhelmed.
  • Break it down - Take your final resolution and break it into smaller steps to help you achieve it.
  • Schedule a check-in - Set a check-in time or several on specific dates so you don't forget to track your progress.

Resolution Activities for Families

Once you've decided on your resolution, work together to create visual displays that will keep you focused all year.

  • Use New Year's resolution layouts and charts to keep track of each family member's resolution and their progress throughout the year.
  • Have kids send a New Year's card to grandparents to share their resolutions.
  • Create New Year's Eve crafts like a fortune cookie to brainstorm resolution ideas. On New Year's, each family member can pick one fortune cookie and use its note as their resolution.

Set Goals for the New Year

Kids of any age can choose a New Year's resolution and ring in the new year with motivation and a plan of action. Incorporate your child's resolution into New Year's Eve or Day activities to make them feel more special and concrete.

New Year's Resolutions for Kids