How To Goal Setting For Families – Bridging the Gap With Your Kids

Vision board

Is the distance between you and your child growing wider and wider apart?

You are not alone! The majority of children will distance themselves from their parents the older they get. It’s normal. But it breaks your heart as a parent. There must be a way to keep those family ties closer so that you’ll keep that special family bond for life.

Great news! There is a simple and incredibly fun way to keep that family bond tight through setting family goals!

How to Goal Setting for Families:

A new year is upon us and it’s time to set some goals. Try including your child or teen in the goal setting. You’ll not only be setting an amazing role model for your child to follow but you’ll be bridging the ever expanding gap that may have already begun.

And it’s really fun to do too!

Set some time aside and sit down with your child. Go over the goals together that you all have for the coming year. This is should be a fun activity, no pressure, no judgment. To bridge the gap, you need to be open minded and encouraging.

Tools  you’ll need to have:

  • plain paper to write on
  • construction paper
  • old magazines or a computer, printer and paper to print off photos from the internet
  • pen, markers, crayons, pencil crayons
  • pair of scissors
  • tape or glue
  • a cork pushpin board and pushpins

Here’s what to do:

  1. Sit down with your family to do this activity together.
  2. Have each family member write down 3 goals they would like to accomplish this coming year. Everyone must support the other with their goal, as long as their goals are within the family moral guidelines. (Let small children simply draw out their ideas.)
  3. Then also take a moment to come up with 2 family goals to accomplish this year.
  4. Attach each family member’s written goals to the cork board.
  5. Add photos from magazines or computer print-offs that capture the feeling of each goal and attach these to corkboard next to each goal.
  6. Check off goals as they are accomplished.
  7. Celebrate each accomplished goal!

Sharing goals with your family will give each member a sense of accountability as well as give them a sense being supported in their goals.

Increase the bond between you and your child through the power of goal setting.


Cheers…Amanda…Excited Life Enthusiast! ;o)


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2 Responses to How To Goal Setting For Families – Bridging the Gap With Your Kids

  1. Dan West says:

    Great idea with the individual as well as family goals.

    Aside from teaching the kids how to set goals it might also be a good idea to teach them how to break down goals into smaller steps and start working towards those goals. So for the family goal of adopting a dog you might ask them “what’s the next three steps we can take to get closer to this goal?”

    Those three steps could be:
    1. make a list of dog kennels in the neighborhood
    2. decide on if you want a specific dog breed, and if so list pros and cons with each breed.
    3. make a list of what you need to take care of a dog, i.e. equipment, food etc.

    Again, great post. I’ve been thinking in the same lines of teaching goal setting to kids.

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