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Help Your Child Set Goals for 2013

Jan 02, 2013 10:59PM ● By Brian O

Setting goals is an important step in reaching them

By Katy Cunningham

As we begin 2013, many of us will set New Year’s Resolutions to help us make self improvements. In our fast-paced society of instant gratification we sometimes forget that many skills take time to acquire or develop. The process of learning is ongoing, requiring practice and hard work, especially if a child is behind. Catching up doesn’t happen instantaneously. Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book Outliers says, “10,000 hours is the difference between success and non-success, genius and mediocrity. Anyone who has had great success from The Beatles to Bill Gates has done so on the back of at least 10,000 hours of practice.” 

At Kumon Math & Reading - Mansfield, TX we believe that through daily practice your child will gain essential life skills such as: 

  • confidence and self-esteem 
  • focus and self-discipline 
  • self-reliance to succeed independently 
  • motivation to pursue challenging and advanced work 
  • a love of learning

As we guide our children to set personal and academic goals, we must also recognize it is just as important to share that accomplishing these goals requires daily practice, commitment and hard work. The skills children gain in Kumon, such as self-reliance, confidence, self-esteem, and motivation to pursue challenging work, are transferable skills that can help them attain new goals throughout life. Let’s work together in the New Year to help our children strive to reach their full potential.

Tips to Help Your Child Set Goals:

  1. Keep the process positive by teaching how goal setting is a part of learning and ongoing personal development.
    - Types of goals you can set:
    - Personal goals
    - School goals (by grades, ability, or personal attitude; to gain a better appreciation for reading, math, or a challenging course.)
    - Kumon goals by level (Meet with your Instructor to plan your annual goal and map out a long-term goal to complete the program.)
    - Personal hobby goals (Try a new activity or improve a current skill or interest.)
    - Community goals (Volunteer with a non-profit or become active in improving your neighborhood.) 
  2. Share your own goals with your child. 
  3. Ensure the goals are achievable by writing down the step-by-step ways to reach these goals.

Kumon students are goal setters. Many overcome great personal obstacles and are motivated by their accomplishments to pursue new challenges. Instructors often say that a common theme among their students is that they strive to achieve more on their own. Kumon graduates are highly prepared to excel in class and beyond. Many graduates share that, because of their advanced study, they have more time to pursue their personal interests because school work is more manageable. Universities and colleges are looking for well-balanced students who have strong academic and after-school interests. Most importantly, Kumon students gain confidence and self-reliance to continue learning, growing and developing throughout their life. 

Contact your local Kumon Center today to find out how we can help your child grow and improve their academic skills this year and beyond. 

We wish you and your family a wonderful new year.

Katy Cunningham runs the Kumon Learning Center in Mansfield, TX and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University.

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