New Year, New You
 

PICK SOMETHING SPECIFIC.

“I want to be healthier” is too vague. Encourage your girl to choose a distinct idea for her focus, such as “I want to eat healthy breakfasts on school days.”

 

MAKE A LIST.

Ask your girl to write down her goal, and then work with her to lay out steps for achieving it. For example, you might decide to research healthy breakfast ideas, go grocery shopping together, practice making weekday breakfasts on weekends, and figure out how much extra time will be needed in the mornings.

 
 

STICK WITH IT.

Habits don’t change overnight, and slip-ups will happen. Encourage your girl not to beat herself up if things don’t go quite as planned, especially at first. One unhealthy (or missed) breakfast doesn’t doom the whole

 

CELEBRATE.

Pick a milestone—such as three straight weeks of healthy, balanced breakfasts—and assign a small reward when the goal is met. Cheering for her success helps to keep up her spirit.

 

BE A ROLE MODEL.

A resolution often is easier to keep when a person doesn’t have to do it alone. Model the behavior your girl is striving for—meaning, don’t skip breakfast yourself!

 

What’s My Resolution?

American Girl books offer award-winning advice for solving many of the issues your girl may be facing and can help spark ideas for girl-sized resolutions.

If your girl wants to . . .

. . . get better at saving her money, she’ll find practical tips in A Smart Girl’s Guide: Money.

. . . help cut down the drama in her friendships or at school, she’ll find scripts that work in A Smart Girl’s Guide: Drama, Rumors & Secrets.

. . . find her way around the kitchen, she’ll find a handy toolbox of skills in A Smart Girl’s Guide: Cooking.

. . . stress less, she’ll find techniques for tackling her fears in A Smart Girl’s Guide: Worry.