Goals can help your child succeed in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, sports, and even on
college applications. Work with your child do develop goals in a way that will help your child achieve
The most important thing to do as you measure your child’s success is to work with them to set goals they
want to achieve. Talk to your child about their anxieties and what they hope to accomplish and work with
them to develop appropriate goals. Your child may not be receptive to goals that were set for them.
A Huffington Post article cites a Cornell study that found people felt more connected to something they
felt ownership of. The study called this the “endowment effect.” When your child owns their goals because
they made them, they will be more likely to accomplish them.
Measurable and Achievable
As your child develops goals, remind them that they should be measurable and achievable. Grades are a
simple way to measure goal achievement, however only setting a goal of getting an A in a specific subject
will not help your child understand the steps it takes to get there. Instead, goals such as studying that
subject 30 minutes everyday, or turning in every single homework assignment on time, are very specific
actions that can be measured on a day to day basis.
Make sure goals are realistic. Don’t set a long term goal to get an A in a subject when you child has
always gotten a C. Set a goal for a B and as your child tastes success they can set their goals higher.
Consistently failing to achieve goals can set your child up for frustration and possibly apathy towards
Goals don’t have to be related to coursework. Setting goals for enrichment can help your child become
well rounded and prepared to achieve in all areas of life. Goals regarding reading beyond assigned
material, journaling or exercising regularly will be helpful the rest of their lives.
Everyone Benefits From Setting Goals
It can be challenging to measure your child’s success without goals. You cannot see what they are
working to achieve. Even students that naturally excel and overachieve can benefit from setting specific
goals and working to meet them. Work with your child to develop goals specific to their needs and hopes.
You can guide them and check in to see how they are achieving they goals, but you cannot force your
own goals on them. Work together to measure success and celebrate achievements.
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