Beating the Uphill Battle: How to Help Your Struggling Teen Make and Keep Teen New Year Resolutions

15971186689 e95454a300 z 300x225Getting any teenager to make New Year resolutions can feel like an uphill battle. Trying to encourage your struggling teen to make New Year resolutions can feel impossible. But making and achieving goals is a great way to show your teen, especially one who is struggling with self-esteem, peer pressure, or more serious issues, that they are capable of great things. Here are some suggestions for teen New Year resolutions and how to help you teen make and keep them:

Teen New Year Resolutions

These are just suggestions, so as you discuss with your teen what resolutions to make, look for something that is specific to your needs:

  • I resolve to believe in myself.
  • I resolve to do my schoolwork on the day it is assigned, rather than right before it is due.
  • I resolve to be clearer and calmer in my communications.
  • I resolve to spend more time with my family doing something fun and/or educational.
  • I resolve to find one thing that I really love to do and do it a little bit each day.
  • I resolve to find three things I am thankful for every single day.
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How to Encourage Teen New Year Resolutions

It is not enough, of course, to just make a resolution. Teen New Year resolutions will require encouragement from the parents. In order to help your teen keep up with their resolutions, it is probably a good idea to help them choose just one goal. Too many resolutions makes the entire process too difficult. Help them choose something that they are actually likely to want to do and then help them keep track of it.
In order to make the goal achievable, sit down with your teen and start planning out their teen New Year resolutions. This does not have to be a long or time consuming process, but you can help them actually reach their goal by planning out actionable steps that they can take. While you don’t want to nag, friendly reminders or actively participating in their goal will also help your teen along towards his goal, especially if his goal requires the participation or support of the family.
Setting and achieving goals, especially at the New Year, can help a struggling teen understand their worth and lay the foundation for setting and achieving bigger, more significant goals down the line.

Trails Carolina can help

If your teen is struggling with emotional or behavioral difficulties this New Year, consider Trails Carolina wilderness therapy. Trails Carolina helps teens ages 10-17 reach their fullest potential.
For more information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303 today!

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As Executive Director at Trails Carolina, a leading wilderness therapy program for youth and teens, I oversee operations and collaborate with our leadership team. Since 2022, I've also hosted the Common Ground Podcast for parents: With a background in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, I've managed adventure-based therapeutic programs across the US and Canada. My experiences in competitive athletics and adventure sports have honed my leadership, risk assessment, and decision-making skills, which I apply to running a successful business like Trails Carolina.

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