Teaching Children Goal Setting

Kids that start ahead, stay ahead. And teaching children goal setting is by far the best way to help them start ahead and secure their future.

As parents, our job is to prepare our children for adulthood. So if we want our children to have a successful, satisfying and happy life then there are some fundamental life skills we need to teach them:

Teaching kids about goal setting involves setting goals in all five of the above critical life skill areas.

And it is never too early or too late to start teaching your kids these vital life skills. By teaching children goal setting, you’ll help them guarantee their future.

Check out the tools in the ToolBOX under the section on “Goal Setting Forms for Kids” – you’ll find a number of basic tools to help your children set and achieve their goals.

And of course, the Life Skills and FREE Life Planning Workbook on this site are just as relevant to your kids as they are to you. Particularly if you have older children, start introducing them to these skills – the sooner they learn them the more they’ll become second nature.

Do you have a story or some advice that could help kids achieve? Write a page on it and help kids get ahead.

There are lots of resources on how to raise children and motivate them to succeed - and are all good for teaching children goal setting. Here are a few good DVD’s available to help you guide your child through some of the difficult stages of growing up…

Time Out Tot, The Behavior Coach

Toddler Behaviour

Unlike anything on the market today, TimeOut Tot, The Behavior Coach teaches appropriate behavior. Tot is a loveable neighborhood squirrel (puppet) who visits young children (2-6) in 'timeout' and coaches them on what is right and wrong using honest words, simple songs and role play. Fun and easy-to-sing tunes reinforce Tot's meaningful messages. Also on the DVD, are great tips for parents on how to manage misbehavior.

TimeOut Tot, made by a Jim Henson puppet maker, is captivating children everywhere, and stands in the Winner Circle with "Finding Nemo" and "Holes" for the 2004 Parent Choice Awards. It has garnered several other awards for quality family programming as well, because it entertains and teaches with flair, stimulates imagination and nurtures children socially, emotionally and ethically.

Tot's Teaching TimeOuts are the answer to every parent's disciplining dilemma. When the need arises...Tot appears at the push of a button (from the DVD menu) to help children learn one of the most important subjects: social skills. Volume One includes the most common: tantrums, whining, biting, pushing, grabbing and cutting in line.

The TimeOut Tot DVD is an innovative approach to the time honored timeout that on occasion every child needs. But, it doesn’t have to be “timeout” for your child to watch TimeOut Tot. In fact, your child will probably ask to watch Tot’s lessons over and over again. If they do, great! The more they listen to Tot’s lessons the clearer the messages become.

Have them pretend to be Susie or Nerbert in ‘timeout’. After all, these are the magical years of imaginative play. And sometimes it’s easier to listen to advise when it’s being offered to someone else. And remember...all children make mistakes. It's how we handle them that makes the difference.

So before teaching children goal setting, teach them how to learn from their mistakes.

Misunderstood Minds: Understanding Kids Who Struggle to Learn (2002)

Learning Minds

You feel like the luckiest person alive: your seven-year-old is a bright, social, athletic child with countless friends. His potential seems unlimited, his future success unquestionable. Then one day a teacher calls you to tell you that your child can't read.

That is one scenario presented in Misunderstood Minds, a deeply moving and personal look into the lives of five children and their families as they deal with the puzzling mysteries presented by their unique learning differences.

See how bright, articulate Nathan masked his inability to read by memorizing. Find out why Lauren's social isolation provided experts with vital clues about her learning problem. See how undiagnosed learning problems led Adam on a downward spiral towards drugs, alcohol, and crime.

As many as one in five families are coping with children who struggle to learn. Many of these children don't fit any clinical diagnosis, but for some reason, they aren't learning. Though these children may be suffering from debilitating learning problems, they are often mistakenly called "lazy" or "stupid" by teachers, classmates, and even by their families.

But learning specialists believe that they now possess a key that will ultimately help struggling students, their parents, and teachers better identify and manage learning problems -- each mind works differently and has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Misunderstood Minds illustrates the emerging view that specific identification and customized management of learning problems is the key to success for the millions of children struggling in school.

Misunderstood Minds features leading experts in the field of learning problems, including Mel Levine, M.D., G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and Richard D. Lavoie, M.A. M.Ed.

Motivation: Key to Classroom Success

 Teen motivation

Motivating students is often hard work! Make it easier for yourself by knowing effective strategies that will make your students WANT to learn.

And in conjunction with teaching children goal setting, they will be unstoppable!

Success for Teens Motivational DVD

 Teen motivation

Formula for Success is a motivational resource consisting of six DVDs that provide answers, solutions and guidance for teens struggling with every day issues, such as achieving better grades, personal relationships and fitness.

A great introduction for teaching children goal setting.

The program also provides a clear outline to help teens identify and achieve their goals. The new motivational tool has just been issued by Success For Teens, a California-based organization focusing on teen communication and behavior.

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