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Resolutions kids of all ages can make

As you make your resolutions, pediatricians say the new year is also a great time to help children form good habits.

No matter how young or old your children are, pediatricians say the new year is a good time to help them get into good habits.

Even if they're only in preschool, the  American Academy of Pediatrics said it's never too early to teach your kids about responsibility. 

Here are experts' suggestions of resolutions for different age groups:


  • Cleaning up their toys or helping to clear the table after meals
  • Learning good hygiene, including brushing their teeth and washing their hands
  • Treating people with kindness, including their siblings, friends and animals

Children ages 5 to 12

  • Making healthy choices: doctors say they should make an effort to drink more water or pick reduced-fat milk over whole milk. They can save the soda and juice for special occasions
  • Finding a sport or hobby that's fun
  • Telling you about bullying that they see or hear
  • Following household rules for video games and internet use


  • Making healthy choices: doctors say teenagers should eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day
  • Resisting peer pressure to try smoking, vaping, drugs or alcohol
  • Finding healthy ways to deal with stress
  • Following the rules of the road: ask them not to use a cell phone or text while driving and to always wear a seat belt
  • Making good dating choices; having and respecting boundaries

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