Why vision boards are the best way to set goals for kids
A new year comes with a great deal of new possibilities and therefore is the perfect opportunities for children to set goals for themselves. However, no one likes doing things the plain way anymore, especially children. A way to motivate your children towards setting new goals in to help them make a vision board!
Don’t know what that is? Well, we’ve got you! A vision board helps you visualize the things you want to achieve. All you need is firstly, a board; it can even be a reused cardboard you took out from your garage! Next, get pictures, magazines, newspapers, markers, stickers and basically anything that your kids want to use for designing and decorating the vision board. Children can then use pictures which envision their goals and paste them on the cardboard, in no order specifically. They can cut out letters from newspapers to and use them to write down their goal on the board alongside the pictures. The stickers can be used to track progress of different goals on the vision board as well. Basically, there is no rubric for making a vision board, it is different for every child and that’s the best part about it!
You may be wondering why any parent would put so much effort and time into making vision boards with their kids. I mean, why not just ask the children to come up with certain goals, isn’t that enough? How is putting it on a board going to help them in anyway? Well, here are four reasons why a vision board is much more beneficial for kids than simply coming up with goals in their mind.
Well, first of all, who doesn’t love creating art? For kids especially, the task of goal setting can become fun and exciting through vision boards. If your kids find setting goals a daunting activity, a way to develop their interest is by making it seem less like a chore, and more like a fun pastime. And vision boards help you do just that! The children enjoy using various pictures, stickers, and colors to decorate their vision board.
It Brings You Closer to Your Children
Building vision boards can be a source of great bonding experience between you and your children. When you sit together with them, discuss their goals, and help them bring to life when developing vision boards, you understand your kid better. You find out what is important to them, what motivates them, what are their dreams and how they want to achieve them. And when your child sees you putting an effort towards their goals and helping them out with their dreams, they develop a deeper connection with you as well.
It Boosts Creativity
When the children have complete freedom to visualize their dreams, it help encourage creativity inside their brains. Since there are basically no rules to making a vision board, they come up with their own ways of combining different pictures and cut outs from magazines and this helps them be more innovative.
It Prevents them from Forgetting their Goals
A lot of kids set new resolutions for the new year, however, forget about them by February. Vision boards can be framed or put up in the room of your kids, where they can see them every day passing by. The vision board can be a constant reminder of these goals for children so that they don’t become one of those forgotten dreams when life becomes too busy. Also, when kids remember how much effort they put into making their vision board, it increases their loyalty towards their goals – ever heard of sunk cost fallacy?
Use this new year to help you children in setting goals for themselves in most fun way possible. If nothing else, these vision boards can become a memorable time capsule which you can look back to years later, remembering who your child was and what their dreams were every year.