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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 will help out in my community. I will give some of my time to help others, working with community groups or others that help people in need.

— When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.

— When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will look for a trusted adult so that we can attempt to help.

— I will be careful about whom I choose to date. I will treat the other person with respect and not force them to do something they do not want to do. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.

— I will resist peer pressure to try drugs, alcohol, or smoking or vaping.


— I will not text or talk on a cellphone while driving and will always wear my seat belt.



Dr. Lanre Falusi is a pediatrician in Washington, D.C. Find more information at, the website for parents from the AAP.

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