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Keeping Kids Motivated With Healthy Family Goals

Anne Kolker • MS, Registered Dietitian • Jan 15, 2011

Keeping the kids motivated is very important. Tracking goals in a positive way is a great way to keep goals active and very visible. Just like teaching kids to keep lists and cross off school projects as they complete them, this is a great tool to use in tracking health goals.

It will be fun to have your child color or put a sticker every time you complete the goal. The best way to keep your child engaged is through positive reinforcement.

Patience, smiles, encouraging words or praise and fun are key elements to helping kids maintain their commitment.


Keeping the kids motivated to achieving their healthy goal

  • Use a kid-friendly healthy tracking sheet to track your family and individual goals
  • Track the goals daily or weekly depending on the goalhealthy goals for families and children
  • Post your family tracking sheet on the refrigerator or family bulletin board.
  • Keep the tracking sheet visible
  • Have your child color or post a star each time the goal is completed
  • Talk about your goals and successes during family time
  • Be excited and enthusiastic! This will help kids stay involved and motivated.
  • Celebrate success even if they are small steps

Your family may need a lot of stars at first before they completely adopt a new behavior. This is OK as it is part of the process of adopting and maintaining healthy habits.

Just remember that every positive change, no matter how small, will add up to a healthier child!

Happy Health Goals! 










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Written by Anne KolkerWritten on Jan 15, 2011Last updated on Dec 18, 2014




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