Making New Year’s resolutions with your children can be fun! It’s also a great way to help your kiddos focus on forming good habits. Kids love having something to work toward, and parents can give praise or rewards as their children reach their goals.
Here are some healthy and positive resolution ideas for kids of all ages:
New Year’s resolution ideas for preschoolers
- I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
- I will try hard to clean up my toys after I play by putting them where they belong.
- I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
- I will try to eat all different colors of vegetables.
- I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
- I will learn how to help clear the table when I am done eating.
- I will be friendly to all animals and learn how to ask the owners if I can pet their animal first.
- I will always hold a grown-up’s hand whenever I cross the street.
New Year’s resolution ideas for kids 5-12 years old
- I will drink water every day and healthy beverages like milk with meals. I will keep soda and fruit drinks only for special times.
- I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day.
- I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car.
- I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard.
- I’ll try to be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by talking to them and inviting them to join activities.
- I will tell an adult about bullying that I see or hear about to help keep school safe for everyone.
- I will not share my name, home address, school name, or telephone number online.
- I will never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer or phone without asking my parent if it is okay.
- I will try to save time to do more reading for fun.
New Year’s resolution ideas for teens 13 years and older
- I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
- When I have some downtime for media, I will try to choose educational, high-quality non-violent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours each day—at the most— on these activities. I promise to respect our household rules for video games and internet use.
- I will try to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep that my body needs each night.
- I will do what I can to help out in my community. I will give some of my time to help others, working with community groups or others that help people in need. These activities will make me feel better about myself and my community.
- When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal, or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
- When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied, or making risky choices, I will look for a trusted adult so that we can attempt to find a way to help.
- I will be careful about whom I choose to date. I will treat the other person with respect and not force them to do something they do not want to do. I will not use violence. I expect to be treated the same way in return.
- I will resist peer pressure to try drugs, alcohol or smoking, or vaping.
- I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.