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From the WSJ: Helping Kids Learn to Set Goals

By JLP | March 10, 2011

I like stories like this:

Making Kids Work on Goals (And Not Just In Soccer)

A student’s ability to set and achieve realistic goals is linked to higher grades, lower college-dropout rates and greater well-being in adulthood. In a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, college students who completed an intensive written exercise identifying their goals and mapping out steps to reach them posted a significant increase in grades and credits earned, compared with other students.

The article talks about SMART goals, which are:

Specific, Measurable, Attainable goals with clear Results in a set Time frame.

I like that acronym.

Although I have talked about goals with my boys, I haven’t ever sat down with them and helped them solidify their goals and write them down. The closest thing I did recently was require my oldest son to produce a plan as to how he was going to get a school project done. He drew it up and I held him to it. He got done early and received a very good grade too. I chalk it up to him coming up with a plan. Although he’s a very responsible student, he often times puts off projects and then ends up going to quickly and turning in a not-so-great project.

Now we need to work on setting goals for the rest of high school and then college.

Topics: Goal-Setting | 3 Comments »


3 Responses to “From the WSJ: Helping Kids Learn to Set Goals”

  1. Leland Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Good for you, procrastination is the most difficult habit break.

  2. BG Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I think this is a great idea and will try to apply it to my kids. Having written goals, and defining actions to meet them is S.M.A.R.T.!

  3. Wally Says:
    March 12th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    JLP. Just wondering what your thought is on preadulthood and boys (if you’ve seen any of the writings by Kay Hymowitz). Feel free to email me if you want.

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