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New Year's resolutions that kids can make — and keep

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Who ever made a new years resolution and stuck to it? Well, just because we adults may not be the greatest resolution-keepers doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage our kids to start the year right.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with suggested resolutions for kids depending on their ages. From eating right to minimizing screen time to communicating about problems, the list has something in it for every kid. And parent.

Here’s are a few samples:

Preschoolers

  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

Kids, 5  to 12 years old

  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.
  • I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.

The lists for each age group are much longer. You can see the full list here.

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