Helping kids stick to their New Year’s resolutions

Here’s how parents can teach children to achieve their goals—and set them up for lifelong success.

A child’s New Year’s resolution to make better grades or clean her room more sounds great—until it’s completely forgotten in a few weeks. That’s why Kathleen Landerholm came up with a goal the whole family could get on board with: two new desserts every month.

The mom of two in Los Angeles assumed the dessert resolution would simply be a fun family activity, but it ended up becoming much more. “I think Ellie and Erik have learned how to break up a big goal into smaller increments and keep track of our progress, and they've been thinking a lot about how to structure the resolution,” says Landerholm, whose kids, ages 10 and 8, are now planning a family book club.

The Landerholms’

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