Set Goals

Talking about goals helps identify fears your child has about the future and it gives them a chance to talk about them. Setting small goals and making progress step-by-step can make your child more confident.

Setting goals is important. It can guide you and your child about what experiences and skills they’ll need to develop through high school. Make the goals positive and possible. Separate them into short-term and longer-term goals. Write them down, and record when your child achieves them.

Children’s interests become more defined in adolescence, and that’s important for shaping their goals. A work experience program at school or volunteering in the community could help. Use new experiences to update your child’s goals to reflect their interests.

Creating My Vision Tool: Goal Setting