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Dr. Yeojin Ahn
JS Social Counselor


Happy New Year BHA JS parents. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to talk to your children about goal-setting. Here’s how you can set age-appropriate resolutions as a family for a healthier and happier year ahead.

SMART is an acronym that you can use with your children to help establish goals. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based.  The following are examples of


What exactly do you want to happen?
Tidy up your room.
=> Fold your clothes and lay them in the closet. 


How will you know you have reached your goal?
I want to learn my spelling words.
=> I want to get three more words correct on my spelling test.


Is the goal doable? Do you have the necessary skills and resources?
Fold your clothes.
=> Does your child know how to fold the clothes? 


Can you achieve this goal? Is the goal within reach, given the time and resources? 
I will read every book in the library.
=> I want to read two Korean books and two English books that I checked out every week.


What is the deadline for reaching your goal?
I want to learn to play the piano.
=> I want to learn to play “Do-re-mi song” by the end of this month. 

It is common that parents and children set up general and unrealistic goals such as “I want to be the best student” “I want to study hard.” These goals do not give children a clear sense of direction. Children might feel defeated as they fail to achieve their goals. I hope that all our Junior School students are able to set up specific SMART goals with the guidance of parents and teachers so that they experience the joy of accomplishment this year.