Goal Setting Activities Teens Actually Embrace!

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Goal Setting Activities Teens Actually EmbraceWhen you’re a teen, September can seem like the start of the new year. But, now that it’s January, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how the year has gone so far. If you’re the parent to a teen, now is the time to try some goal setting activities teens will actually embrace!

The secret to helping teens set goals is to make sure they are THEIR goals, not yours. Sure, you’d like more help around the house, a more pleasant attitude and better grades. But telling someone to make a goal rarely helps them follow through. They have to own it to win it.

But you can certainly be involved in the process. Here is a great book that can help them focus on what matters.

I would recommend ordering this book (I have listed a few other ones below) and then sitting down and discussing goals with them.

Talk to them about why goals are important – that if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll never get there. Talk to them about short-term goals vs. long-term goals. Your long-term goal might be to get into college, but your short-term goals have to be to get your homework and studying done on time. Those short-term goals are the ones that are easiest to measure because you can see on an ongoing basis exactly where you are.

If the long-term goal is to be fit (a better goal than one related to weight!), then the short-term goal is to do 30 minutes of exercise each day, and to swap out one cracker snack for a piece of fresh fruit or a handful of veggies.. The more you can show them that short-term goals are tied to long-term goals, the more successful they will be.

I would also caution that you be only as involved as they want. As mentioned before, teens want to do what they want to do, which is not necessarily what you want them to do. For that reason, I would be candid with your teen about how much feedback they want. Tell them that you want to be the cheerleader for their success, but only if it’s not going to make them negative.

Perhaps you check in with your teen each Sunday on their goals for the upcoming week and use that as a place to check goals from the previous week. They might not want to share details, but you might be surprised how easily they will share their met goals if it results in a quick trip out for frozen yogurt, or 30 minutes of later curfew the following weekend – whatever works for your family.

It’s also ideal if you participate in the goal setting activities for teens – for yourself! Showing that you also have goals is very powerful. As is showing that sometimes you meet them, and sometimes you don’t, and there are positive ways to deal with setbacks.

Helping your teens learn to set and reach goals is one of the most important lessons you can teach them, setting them up for a lifetime of achievement – and the positive, confident feeling that comes from attaining goals!

How about you? What resources have you found that help provide goal setting activities teens embrace? If you’ve used any of the ones I’ve recommended, I’d love to hear!

And, as an affiliate for Amazon, I appreciate you clicking through my links to order these books. It’s one of my goals!

Additional resources:

Goal Setting For Students

A Goal Setting Workbook for Teens

My Simple Book of Goals for Youth and Teens

Goal Setting 101: How To Achieve More, Even In High School


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