Setting Goals & Reaching Goals for Middle School Children

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Setting Goals & Reaching Goals for Middle School Children  

Without a doubt, a good education is something we all want for our children.  The benefits require no explanation.  However, education shouldn’t end once they leave the classroom because what our children learn outside of the classroom is equally important.  Learning to navigate life in an organized, disciplined manner is central to their development and the essential framework of their success, both in and out of the classroom.  We call these cornerstone values, life skills.

Organization

For children, a routine and a schedule are often their first brush with learning organization.  To build on this concept, children can be taught to go a step further by incorporating these skills into life as a whole.  Teaching a child to break his or her tasks, goals, etc down into manageable portions helps to teach structure and the power that being organized can give a person over tasks that seem overwhelming.  Strong organizational skills help teach children to take ownership of their lives and everything that’s in it.

Time Management

Young people have a particularly difficult time with learning to manage their time properly.  Recreation and leisure hold a stronger draw than getting needed tasks completed before moving to recreation and play.  However, no one will argue with the power that time management can have over a child’s life, both in and out of the classroom.  Poorly managed time can be the difference between receiving an A because you allotted enough time to study for a test, or a poor grade because you did not manage your time well enough to adequately study.  Learning to balance and prioritize the demands of one’s life is an important tool for a young person to learn and gain some mastery over.  It will definitely help with planning and implementation in the life of a young person.

Proactive Communication

Anyone can learn from the practice of proactive communication.  The earlier we introduce young people to this style of communication, the better they will become at it.  Proactive communication is a style of communicating that anticipates future events or situations and attempts to prepare for them.  It is an active form of communicating that doesn’t wait for things to happen before action is taken.  It is action and results oriented communication that doesn’t use language that leaves important details out while waiting for something to happen.   Proactive communication anticipates what information needs to be discussed or will need to be discussed and makes sure there aren’t any areas left to assumption.  If young people can learn this skill they can offset potential misunderstandings and learn to effectively communicate what they want and need.

When you merge all these skills you have an effective skill set capable of making any goal both manageable and achievable.  The earlier you begin the process of teaching young people these skills that can be used to navigate their life the sooner you teach them just how much control they have over their destiny.  Smart organizational skill, time management, and effective proactive communication will teach young people to control and drive their own lives by practicing life skills that will be vital not only to their economic well-being but to their overall wellness.