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Ask the Pediatrician: What goals for the new year can be set with children?

Dr. Lanre Falusi, American Academy of Pediatrics on

Published in Health & Fitness

— I'll try to be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by talking with them and inviting them to join activities.

— I will tell an adult about bullying that I see or hear about to do what I can to help keep school safe for everyone.

— I will keep my personal info safe and not share my name, home address, school name or phone number online. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with online without asking my parent if it is OK.

— I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.

— I will do my best to follow our household rules for video games and internet use.

Ages 13 and older:

 

— I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will drink sodas or fruit drinks only at special times.

— I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types of foods.

— I will try to choose educational, high-quality nonviolent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours each day on these activities. I promise to respect our household rules for video games and internet use.

— I will try to get eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.

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