To start the year off right, sit down with your child. Help her make a list of negative habits that affect schoolwork, family and friends.

Then help your child make New Year’s resolutions to develop positive habits. For example, your child might resolve to:

• Keep a set study schedule.

• File school papers when she gets them.

• Count to 10 before she says something negative to a classmate.

• Stop teasing a little sister.

• Start cleaning her room every week.

Once the list is complete, suggest your child pick one or two resolutions to work on. Discuss things she might do to keep her resolutions. Also talk about how you can help.

Then ask your child to do these things for 21 days. Experts say it takes this long to develop a new habit.

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