The benefits of goal setting for kids


Every family is different. Unique in its own special way. And therefore every family has needs and challenges that are as different as the people within them. Anxiety, special needs, behavioural issues, lack of structure for homework or lack of confidence and self-esteem are but a few of the challenges that families are faced with. Or needs may be simpler, but they are just as important. Maybe you just want your child to achieve more at school.

Whatever your situation, the use of a goal setting framework can benefit children and parents in many ways. Such as:

  • Changing unwanted behaviours;
  • Helping children achieve the things they want;
  • Unleashing children’s potential; and
  • Developing important life skills that children can take into adolescence.

It’s not about having goals that create pressure on our kids, or attempt to perfect our children, rather goals that encourage children to do their best and create a climate in which learning and effort is valued.

The benefits of goal setting are not restricted by age. The positive benefits from young children through to adolescents are abundant. Of course there are age related differences in problem solving and thinking skills, and the understanding of the need to plan ahead, however even young children benefit from goal setting.



A goal is something your child wants to achieve or you as a parent would like for them to achieve. It will require a series of steps to obtain it.  It can be something for your child to learn, do, create, have, change or overcome.


Goal setting involves establishing what your child must do to achieve the goal. Goal setting is a way to examine where your child is right now and where they or you want them to be, and ways that might help them get there.


The benefits of goal setting for you and your child


They provide structure

Goals provide a structure to help children and parents achieve what they want. A type of map. Goal setting can serve as an effective tool for kids to make progress in many areas of their life, by ensuring they have a clear awareness of what they must do to achieve or help achieve an objective.


Manageable steps

A well written goal provides a way for kids to break fears and challenges into manageable steps so they don’t find them overwhelming.


Channelling focus and energy

Having a set goal can help to narrow a child’s focus and attention and channel more of their energy and effort towards achieving it.


Encourage persistence

Goals can motivate kids and encourage them to be persistent and to work through setbacks and develop self-reliance.


Improve problem solving

The process of creating and working with goals can lead children to improve their thinking and problem solving skills, including the ability to plan ahead.


A controlled challenge

Goals can be used to challenge and coach children in a controlled and consistent way, whilst building their confidence and self-esteem.


Become better learners

Creating goals outside of school creates extra learning experiences and will help children become better learners at school. Learning is the key to success in a fast changing world.


Improve behaviour

Goal setting can be a great parental management tool allowing them to direct and change a child’s behaviour.


Unleash potential

Goals can help children achieve more and unleash their potential. Remember, success can be seen as achieving and accomplishing more than the last time, not necessarily more than somebody else.


So how do you go about choosing a specific goal and what happens after that?

Fishwah has developed an easy 8 step framework and an online goal setting tool to guide parents in the process with their kids, which will significantly increase your likelihood of success.


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