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Good New Year's Resolution Ideas for Teens

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author image Erica Loop
Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.
Good New Year's Resolution Ideas for Teens
Your teen can make life changes on New Year's Eve. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

The new year offers your teen the chance for her to reflect on who she really is, her habits and activities and the way that she interacts with those around her. While your teen may think -- as you do too -- that she's the tops, making New Year's resolutions provides kids with the chance to set goals and objectives for the year to come. Good resolutions for teens include an array of ideas that can help her to improve her relationships, family life and school work.

Friends

Teens are becoming more independent from their families and beginning to rely more on their social relationships, points out KidsHealth. New Year's is a holiday that provides your teen with the opportunity to reflect on his friendships and create resolutions with a social focus. Your teen may feel that during the past year he hasn't always been there for his BFF because he was spending a significant amount of time with his girlfriend. His New Year's resolution would then focus on trying to divide his time more evenly between his romantic and friendship relationships. Other resolutions that fall under the friend category include making new friends, treating other kids with more empathy, avoiding cliquish actions and being more accepting of others' opinions.

Physical Fitness

If your teen is more likely to hit the couch than the jogging track, she may want to include a few physical fitness resolutions into her New Year's list. While your teen may have a perfectly slim figure, this doesn't mean that she is always getting in the necessary amount of activity that a person of her age needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, only 19 percent of high schoolers are active for more than 20 minutes five times a week. If your teen fails to meet, or get anywhere near, the CDC's guidelines, suggest that she make a resolution to get more active. She should avoid general, "I'll get more exercise" resolutions, and focus on specifics such as, "I'll go jogging for at least 30 minutes every day after school."

School

Does your teen get straight As or are his grades slightly on the lack-luster side? While he might not have failing grades, setting a New Year's resolution to make academics a priority is a must for any teen. If your teen has one specific area -- such as history or biology -- that presents a constant problem, urge him to make his resolution to get his grade up by a set percentage or at least one letter. Some teens may have acceptable grades, but could improve their overall GPA by putting more time and effort in. In this case, your teen may want to make a resolution to study for an hour more than he currently is.

Family

While your independent teen is spending more time with her friends than you, this doesn't mean that family bonding moments are out. If your teen's constant concentration on her social life is taking precedence over her parents or siblings, let her know how important she is to you. Ask her to make a resolution to spend more time with the family. This isn't to say that she needs to give up Friday night high school football games or hanging out at the mall with friends. Instead, she can resolve to spend one night each week participating in a family activity such as home movie night or having a pizza party with her brother and sister. Another easy-to-follow resolution in this category is to make a point of going to family dinners. Given that she has to eat anyway, why not have her try to chow down with you and the rest of the family?

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