I discussed goal setting with my 7 year old the other day, because she has several things that she is involved in that she needs to practice.
She's doing 3 songs in this concert that she's doing. The rehearsals
are twice a week, and the show is in 3 weeks, and her dancing is still
Then she has a performance with her ballet class coming up and that
class is only once a week and they spend half the class doing barre
And she does dog club with 4-H once a month and they are doing a demonstration of their skills at the fair grounds soon.
Also, last year she did this one mile kids' fun run that is part of the
larger 5k and 10k for adults. She said that this year she wanted to
win, but since it is for kids 12 and under, I told her that might be
pretty hard to compete against the 12 year olds, BUT that she could
"beat herself." Last year she ran a little, then stopped, ran a little,
then stopped. This year she wants to run the whole mile without
So, I suggested to her that we work on each of these things for a just a
few minutes each day. Do each of the concert songs and the ballet
songs once, walk the dog up and down the street once and have her
sit/stay a few times, and run progressively further each day, starting
with one time down the street and back, then two, then three and so on.
She liked that idea, so we've been doing all of those things every day for the last few days.*
*wrote on message board April 19