From the WSJ: Helping Kids Learn to Set Goals

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.