Does your teen come home complaining about yet another school group project? Most likely they’re worried that they’ll end up doing all the work, or it’s going to be chaos, or they’ll end up with a bad grade because someone didn’t contribute.
School group projects are meant to teach our kids how to work together with many other personalities and skill levels. This is a very useful skill to have for high school and college, and it prepares them for “the real world”. But year after year, school group projects end up being a huge cause of stress and worry for some kids.
We hear all the time that to improve our chances of reaching our goals, we should write it down. We tell the same thing to our teens, as we encourage them to start thinking about the future. But when you write down a goal, how do you know if your goal is specific enough to define what you really want to achieve?
Is any description of a goal good enough to keep you focused, stay motivated, and actually improve your chances of reaching your goals? The first step is to make sure your goal is specific.
Teen SMART Goals is an easy to use app that helps teens reach their goals, every time! Define your goals, create your own action plan, and track your daily progress easily.
Teen SMART Goals is all about empowering teens through a proven process. Through SMART Goals, teens become experts at setting, breaking down, and achieving goals. Our App aims to develop grit, a growth mindset, and avoid burnout. Teens will learn to get organized, track their own progress, find what’s missing, and quickly make appropriate corrections. By connecting goals to an inspirational image, rewards, and perspective into progress towards long-term goals, you help your teen stay motivated.
We talk a lot about SMART goals for teens on this website and on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages because we are big believers in everyone’s ability to improve their chances of success. But, I also realize that learning how to define each goal as a SMART goal is not so easy if you haven’t had any practice doing that. The very first time I sat down with my own kids to turn their goals into SMART Goals, it took quite a few tries and discussions back and forth to walk them through the process that would give them a “stretch goal” that was also defined in enough detail that they could now work off of their activities list or action plan. I even looked for examples of SMART goals for teens, and honestly I didn’t really find much to go on.
This summer is flying by! At least that’s what it feels like at our house. It seems like the end of school only gave way to tired teens and tired parents. We tried to give our kids time to recover, sleeping in, extra time with their friends, knowing that the first month they would still be pretty busy with tennis camps, dance competitions, chores, and family activities. And now we’re halfway through the summer, and it seems that we’ve fallen into some bad habits of too much time in front of electronics, and maybe not enough motivation to get away from them.
Wouldn’t it be great to get your tween or teen to use some of their summer to work on a Genius Project that builds on a passion or something they’re curious about?
So it’s the start of summer, again, and everyone is tired. But, you’re dreading your teens spending yet another summer in front of the TV, phones, and video games. When kids are too old for summer camp, but too young for a job or internship, it can be a real challenge to find a way to keep kids busy in something meaningful that they will learn from. As our own kids have gotten older, our agreement is that they can stay home as long as they spend scheduled time working on something meaningful. Last year they worked on their skills for tennis and dance, and this year we’re adding the idea of a Genius Project.
Teens are told all the time to find a passion, find their sense of purpose. But that’s not so easy to do without some serious self-reflection. Is your teen having trouble figuring out what makes them truly happy? A vision board for teens could be the key to unleashing their dreams!
A vision board that shows them their dreams NOW, like going to a specific university, playing varsity sports, getting the lead in a school play, or publishing a website or podcast, can be a very powerful tool for self-motivation.
Does your teen need help learning to organize and prioritize their work? Executive functioning skills are the key!
It seems like every teenager has trouble planning their day around their homework, sports activities, or just plain getting things done. But, we are not born with organizational and planning skills! But with a little patience and practice kids of all ages can develop skills appropriate for their age. Creating an easy to follow system can play a big role in bringing your teen around to complete their work, while reducing the stress they feel from being overwhelmed. So they can get ready to get more done!
Today’s world is so different than 20 years ago. There are higher expectations for accomplishing great things at an earlier age. Getting straight A’s to get into a great college are just the beginning. Every teen needs to perform highly in sports, music, or drama. They also need to make sure they stand out in their extracurricular activities with special talents and leadership skills. Learning how to set and work towards SMART goals could be the key to success!
But, no one teaches teens how to get all of this done. They don’t know how to define goals in a way that they improve their chances of success. This means they’re on their own to learn how to get organized and stay focused, while juggling many challenges with very limited time.
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