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10 Teen Goals for the New Year

Sometimes it feels like it’s the world against you and your children. You have to do whatever it takes to ensure that your child becomes a productive, successful adult. Our job as parents is not only to make sure they can survive but thrive. I always told my girls growing up that I wanted them to do better than me, and they have. Since it’s the new year, it’s a fantastic time to create some achievable goals to help your teen achieve their own levels of success.

LIFE SKILLS – Teach them one new life skill, such as cooking, banking or gardening.

CALENDAR – Help them to utilize their reminders and calendar on their mobile phone/online for assignments.

VOLUNTEER – Find three organizations in which they can volunteer. Use a website like VolunteerMatch.com to discover new volunteer opportunities.

DONATE – Help them sell items they no longer use and donate what won’t sell.

BE SOCIAL – Show them how to introduce themselves to two new people at school each day.

FOLLOWERS – Research ways to help your teen increase followers on social media. Having a large following on social media can make your teen into an influencer.

HOBBY – Help them to discover one new hobby like dancing or collecting.

FITNESS – Have your child start a fitness routine or join one sport at school or in your community.

BECOME AN AUTHOR. Self-publish your child’s books. Get them started with knowing they can be an author and they’ll have a bonus to put on their resume. Use a site like Lulu.com or CreateSpace.com.

STAY POSITIVE –  Have your teen work on maintaining a positive attitude by smiling more and listening to positive affirmations like this one on YouTube. Have them work on changing a can’t to a can-do attitude.


Janice Robinson-Celeste, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Successful Black Parenting magazine. She has a degree in early childhood education, has taught high school and was a professor at Hofstra University. She was also the executive director of a local YMCA, is the author of the book, Pride and Joy by Simon & Schuster, and is a journalist and former news reporter.

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