Setting Goals Teaching children to set realistic goals and work towards achieving them is very important. When students achieve a goal, they feel very proud of themselves. The following are tips and strategies for helping your child set and reach a goal. When setting a goal, it is helpful to write the goal. This serves as a visual reminder and it can be posted somewhere in their home where it can be seen. When writing a goal, they should be written with positive words and the goal should relate to themselves rather then others. Help your child brainstorm strategies to reach their goal. Once those ideas are brainstormed, the goal can be broken into smaller steps in order to attain it. Some goals may be short term goals and some may become long term goals. It is important to make the goals realistic and manageable. This will help your child feel less overwhelmed and more successful in reaching their goal. Talk with your child about the progress they are making in order to meet their goal and celebrate their accomplishments. Find out what they learned along the way. If they have difficulty achieving a goal, talk with them about what they could do differently next time. Praise them for their effort in setting a goal and working towards it. Setting and reaching goals helps build their confidence. It lets them know that they can accomplish a task.