Or perhaps he wants to be the president of his class.

Helping kids set goals is the first step to achieving their dreams. Here are some tips:

• Be specific. Saying, “I want to earn good grades” won’t get the job done. Help him be specific, “I will review spelling words for fifteen minutes every day.”

• Think high. The higher the goal, the higher the performance. There are limits, of course. Help your child set realistic, achievable goals.

• Write them down. The difference between a dream and a goal is the written word. Post them where he’ll see them often.

• Review goals regularly. Help your child get into the habit of looking over his

goals each day. Remembering that he has set a goal of passing the next math test with a B will make it easier to tackle math first.

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