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Now that we have welcomed the year 2021 and have officially made it more than a week without complete and utter chaos, its time to evaluate your goals for the year ahead. While resolutions may work for some, they are not a clear-cut way to ensure success, change, or growth. However, there is a way to develop a plan well enough to create a preferred situation for you and your family. PsychologyToday posted an article to their website that explains the idea behind setting SMART goals for the new year. SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Parents can use this technique to ask their children about a current situation and how to improve it. This begins with naming a goal, avoiding those that are to broad or general and narrowing it down to a more specific outcome and then outlining the actions that need to be taken to reach that goal. The goal must also be measurable so that the child can acknowledge the progress he/she makes along the way. This goal should also be neither too difficult nor simple to achieve. It should also be realistic in the sense that the child needs to be motivated enough to achieve the goal and if it is relevant to them and their passions while also having an appropriate amount of support. There also has to be a timeframe that accommodates the designated goal as each goal made will likely take different lengths of time to accomplish. Creating SMART goals is not only useful for children, but parents, as well. Learning how to do so now will benefit them for years to come.

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